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‘Underutilized’ Man Utd star would be ‘a great asset to Liverpool’

David James says Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford would be a ‘great asset to Liverpool’ if he were to ever move to Anfield.

Rashford has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for upcoming friendlies with Switzerland and Ivory Coast after a disappointing spell for the Red Devils.

The 24-year-old has appeared to be a shadow of his former self this season, scoring just five goals in 26 appearances for a struggling Man Utd side, and clashed with fans after the Champions League defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Rashford is paid £200,000-a-week at Man Utd and has a contract that runs until June 2023, but speculation over his future has emerged amid his and his club’s struggles this season.

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A report in the Manchester Evening News last week claimed that Barcelona want to bring the England international to Spain during the summer transfer window.

But former England goalkeeper James believes Liverpool would be the best candidate for Man Utd despite the intense rivalry between the two clubs.

Talk to GGRecon, James said: “There is so much history. Paul Ince, who played for both, went to Liverpool via Inter Milan from Manchester United. Marcus Rashford, age-wise, he’s young enough now that if he were to move somewhere else before going to Liverpool, in some sort of long-term plan, that could happen.

“However, due to the age he is now, it would be a good time to have him. Marcus Rashford is a hugely underutilized resource with Manchester United. I don’t train under him, so I don’t see what I see on the pitch, but he’s a player I would play in the middle rather than outside.

James added: “I just think he has all the attributes to be a false nine, a player in the middle, rather than being stuck on the outside. Therefore, again, when you look at the fluidity of Liverpool, he could actually play wide and down the middle, and basically do whatever he wants to do if he was playing in this Liverpool team.

“I don’t think he allowed himself that with Manchester United with their reliance on [Cristiano] Ronaldo goes through the middle. In a theoretical world, if you took rivalry out of the equation, I’d drop it right away. I think he could be a great asset for Liverpool.

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