Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Marcus Rashford has the credentials to succeed in the centre-forward role in the long-term. The England international has operated in different attacking positions during his short career with Manchester United but he has found most of his success from the left wing, which is his natural position.

Speaking in an interview to Amazon Prime, Henry said that he is fond of the United graduate and he is impressed with his pace from a wider attacking position. He added that the 22-year-old can do a splendid job from a central role in the long-term and he has the confidence that the forward will succeed in the position.

He told: “I always liked him. Sometimes you suffer from what you have. That means, he’s quick. People want him to play on the left or the right because he’s quick. I think he can do a hell of a job as a number nine. I always have confidence in him in front of goal. But I like his tenacity. He’s lively, he runs at people. People are seeing him with a different eye now and he needs to keep doing this.”

Rashford has amassed 12 goals in the Premier League this season and that is already his best tally for a single top-flight campaign. As a result, he has made genuine progress from the previous year but quite often, he has been guilty of squandering the simplest of chances on goal. That has been a reason behind Anthony Martial starting upfront and for the moment, Rashford seems content to feature on the left side of the attack, where he has more control over the proceedings.

Rashford recently failed to find the net for the Red Devils as they suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the Premier League on the road. The defeat has dropped United five points behind Chelsea in the quest for the final Champions League spot.

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