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Man United star Rashford is ‘sloppy’ in front of goal, says Frank Leboeuf


Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf insists Marcus Rashford needs to ‘become a killer’ in front of goal as he looks to develop his game.

The Manchester United forward has scored 17 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions so far this season and got on the scoresheet in United’s 4-0 win at Real Sociedad on Thursday in the Europa League.

But Leboeuf, who won the 1998 World Cup with France, believes the 23-year-old needs to improve his finishing – comparing the situation to how Jose Mourinho said Karim Benzema’s end product needed to reach the next level.

‘What I want to say about Rashford… he’s a fantastic player,’ Leboeuf told ESPN. ‘I didn’t want to play against those kinds of players because they go so fast, technically unbelievable.

‘The only thing with Rashford is he’s not a killer. I remember Mourinho talking to Benzema about that. You want to do nice things and it’s like you’re a bit easygoing, sloppy, which I’m sure he’s not. But he has to become a killer.

‘Because he has everything to become one of the best strikers in the world. He’s very close to that. He can score, I’m sure, double the goals he’s scored so far.’

Leboeuf, now 53, added that Rashford’s style of play reminds him of ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City forward Nicolas Anelka, whom he played with for the French national team.

‘I played against Nicolas [Anelka] when he was at Arsenal and when he played for Paris Saint-Germain,’ Leboeuf added. ‘The pace, the cleverness of the positioning – everything.

‘Nicolas had kind of the same problem. The consistency of scoring goals and being a killer. That’s a question you have to have: do you prefer Shearer? Who was not very elegant, wasn’t very technical but was a killer, a kind of crazy finisher.

‘Or do you prefer a Rashford or Anelka who can show you something fantastic but doesn’t score most times they have a chance to. I don’t know. It’s a debate. I love Rashford, like I loved Anelka.’

Rashford’s next chance to score comes against Newcastle United on Sunday night as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League following their draw to West Brom last weekend.

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