Rooney tells Rashford to follow advice Ferguson gave him

Date published: Monday 18th December 2017 1:31

Wayne Rooney believes Marcus Rashford should follow advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him when he was a youngster.

Rashford has been predicted by many to follow in Rooney’s footsteps at Old Trafford, both young, prodigious forwards who broke onto the first team scene in their teenage years.

But Rashford has struggled somewhat this season – although a return of nine goals and eight assists in 27 games is a respectable one.

Rooney, who spent 13 years at United before returning to Everton in the summer, believes his successor should follow the advice Ferguson gave him when he was trying to establish himself.

“Sometimes early on in my career I was working too hard tracking back and Alex Ferguson sat me down,” he told talkSPORT.

“It does affect you when you’re in the opponents’ box. You’re a bit leggy. Alex Ferguson told me not to do so much work and be ready for when we get chances.

“I feel with Rashford it’s maybe a bit of the same. You see him going back into the full-back areas.

“It’s great he’s got that enthusiasm but, to get the best out of him going forward, he maybe needs to let the defenders and the midfielders do it.”


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