Gary Neville offers Marcus Rashford advice after Aston Villa win


Rashford has scored 15 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has called for Marcus Rashford to improve his off-the-ball runs between full-backs and centre-backs and believes he will boost his goal tally significantly if he does so.

Former Manchester United right-back Neville believes the attacker has the potential to bang in 35 goals a season if he improves that aspect of his game.

The England international has scored 15 Premier League goals this season – and 19 in all competitions – having started 27 of United’s league fixtures.

But Neville is confident he can add more goals to his game, particularly with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba feeding him, if he improves his movement.

‘He has to make more runs in between full-back and centre-back. He has to make five, six, seven or eight of those a half,’ he said on The Gary Neville Podcast after United’s 3-0 win against Aston Villa.

‘That’s where he’ll get his goals, that’s where he’ll continue to be a big threat. It’s the run, as a right-back, that I don’t want.

Neville thinks Rashford can score more (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m happy if he’s out there on that touchline. He’s more predictable. I can double up on him with my wide player.

‘If he’s making that run, particularly if Pogba and Fernandes are on the ball, in between that full back and centre back in through beyond Martial, that is where he’ll start to get to 25, 30, 35 goals a season.’

Manchester United face Southampton on Monday night as they maintain their push for a top-four finish.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently fifth but just a point off fourth-placed Leicester and two behind Chelsea.

While Neville thinks Rashford could score more, Solskjaer is satisfied with Rashford’s performances since Project Restart.

‘Very happy with him,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Physically he’s coping well with the games, mixing up his game, making defenders think, runs in behind comes short, individual skills, Marcus has got all the attributes to be a top forward, you can see with our players he suddenly pops up on the right, left, and you want that rotation between them but also the discipline stick out wide and create the space for others.

‘Sometimes you get an assist in my head when you’re creating space and making runs for others. We see it.’

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