Robson: Rashford can do better

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson feels Marcus Rashford's contribution to the team dipped last season, and he believes the youngster can do much better.

Rashford announced himself in impressive fashion two seasons ago when he netted a brace in each of his first two games for the club as an 18-year-old.

He followed that with a number of spectacular showings for his club, which included leaving seasoned Argentine defender Martin Demichelis on the floor during the Manchester derby. He capped off his season wonderfully when he scored on his England debut and made the squad that took part at Euro 2016.

However, with new manager Jose Mourinho favouring Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front for the club, Rashford has seen limited opportunities, and has often found himself out on the wing to cater for the mercurial Swede. His goal tally of 11 strikes in 53 games in his second season in the first team was not as clinical as eight in 18 games in his first.

And former club skipper Robson wanted to see more from the youngster, as with Anthony Martial, who also made an impressive start at Old Trafford but has tapered off.

"They need to be just a little bit more clinical with their goalscoring," Robson was quoted by FourFourTwo.

"The young lads – especially Rashford and Martial – will improve because they'll be another year older with more experience.

"For Marcus, he's scored loads of goals at every level he has gone into. When he first came in he was brilliant. But young lads do that. They have a bit of a dip. He has done well but he can do better.

"As Mourinho said, when he scored the goal at Celta Vigo, he'd been out on the training ground practising and practising.

"We know Marcus is there but now we want him to go to the next step. His and Anthony's aim should be to get over 20 goals next season.

"If they do that, it takes the pressure off other people. Especially if Zlatan is OK and does stay. It also takes the pressure away from the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and all of the midfield players.

"Zlatan is the only one who, when he gets a chance, puts it away. Juan's missed a few, Martial and Rashford definitely have. Wayne Rooney hasn't been in great goalscoring form, so what you've got to do is improve in that area.

"If they can, those draws will definitely turn into wins.

"If you look at our record over the years when we've been most successful under Alex Ferguson, we've always had four really good strikers. 

"Then it's up to the strikers to decide who's the best. They'll have a competition with each other because they want to be in the team.

"That's what Rashford and Martial have got to compete against. That's what makes a top club — real competition between the players."