Peter Schmeichel believes that Louis van Gaal needs to be careful about overplaying the thus far sensational Marcus Rashford to allow him time to properly develop, and the time may be for Manchester United to deploy Anthony Martial as the true number nine.
Rashford a 'young lad'
Schmeichel believes that Rashford needs a break in order to prevent a disastrous setback so early in his career. "I like the boy," Schmeichel told SkySports, adding that he is "an incredible talent," and is looking "forward to the future." However he advised "he needs to be eased into the game," as he is "a young lad."
Schmeichel warned that "playing every game can ruin him," and that much did not have to go wrong to set the star teen "back for a long, long time." Luke Shaw infamously suffered a freak injury early in the season against PSV Eindhoven, to which he just recently returned to light training.
Time for United to rest and rotate
Schmeichel said that now is the perfect time to send Rashford, and other in the team, for a rest as some big names are "coming back from injury." He said that van Gaal "will have choices now," and can finally "rest some of his players."
With the impending return of Wayne Rooney, Schmeichel would like to see Anthony Martial moved back in from the left wing to "play where Marcus Rashford played." Adding that "Martial is the top scorer coming from the left," that it was time to move to the middle where "he is much more dangerous."
This will also have the added benefit of seeing "Rashford being eased more into it," so that he doesn't "have to play in every game." Most importantly, Schmeichel wants to see a United forward "put the ball in the back of the net scoring 15 or 20 goals."
Rashford has started the last nine games for United across all competitions, scoring five goals.