Gareth Southgate has actually compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo

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They play a lot of games so he will get his opportunity.

Rashford is again struggling for game time at Old Trafford this season, but Southgate says his performances for England this week will boost his confidence when he returns to club duty under Jose Mourinho.

Rashford started both worldwide matches in his favored position as a central striker, benefiting from attacker Raheem Sterling's withdrawal because of injury.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places, so Jose thinks the world of Marcus", Southgate said.

Rashford himself has made it clear that he prefers to play as a striker rather than as a winger.

"He is a special talent", the England manager said.

'But the most important thing of all is that the kid is a good kid, a good player, knows what Manchester United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal's support, my support, the club's support, new contract, new shirt [number], and selected every single match'. Starts on the wing might be scarce, too.

The forward is stuck behind Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams but no outfield player has featured more under Mourinho than Rashford since his appointment in 2016. He doesn't look at home on the right wing. The question is: is he going to get that at Manchester United?

But the 20-year-old has battled for starts at United, making just one so far this season, while he was sent off against Burnley earlier this month.

Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game. So where does Rashford actually fit in?

"I don't see Rashford ever displacing Lukaku so long as he is there". At this stage in his career, he needs to be starting games.

At just 18 years and 141 days, he became the youngest scorer for United in European competition and landmarks and records tumbled after that: scoring on his debut in the Premier League, the Champions League and League Cup, and in his first appearances for the England Under-21s and the England senior team - the youngest player to achieve that.

Rashford is still raw - his final ball can be poor and his finishing sometimes lets him down - and he makes mistakes, but he is clearly a player for the big occasion.

Going forward, those occasions might be for England more than United.

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