Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler reckons Marcus Rashford will end up “heartbroken” if he leaves Manchester United.
Rashford should think long and hard about his lifelong love affair with Manchester United because the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Since Christmas, Rashford has started just four games in the Premier League and Champions League, and that is nowhere near enough to warrant a place in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup.
He has spent a significant amount of time on the bench under Ralf Rangnick, who has opted to give Anthony Elanga more minutes in the first team.
Former Liverpool striker Fowler says it would be “heartbreaking” for Rashford to leave his boyhood club. He claims to understand what Rashford is going through, with his international career stalled due to a lack of game time at United.
In 2001, with a World Cup approaching the following summer, Fowler shocked the football world with a move to Leeds United.
Fowler told The Mirror: “I loved Liverpool – I still love Liverpool – and I really didn’t want to move, but when it came to it, I was being squeezed out so often, I felt I was left with no choice. I was at the height of my career, but in my mind was being treated so unfairly that for the sake of my sanity as much as for my career, I felt I had to go. It’s not an easy call to make. I was heartbroken when I had to leave Liverpool, and never really came to terms with that decision.
“I know how Marcus will feel. He loves United like I love Liverpool and he will be thinking he can’t turn his back on the club where he grew up. But he has a big decision to make, because he’s not getting any game time. That hurts. It always hurts, it used to destroy me every single time I was left out. And when you’ve been at the very top, you proved yourself at the highest level, it affects your sanity when you’re not playing.”
Fowler believes Rashford will have a lot on his mind with the World Cup coming up. He added: “It will have him thinking hard about his future, I can guarantee. I know, because I was in that place in a similar way when I was supposed to be at the height of my career, just as he is now.
“It will hurt him. And it will bring home hard just how he has stalled right now. And he will be questioning whether he has to move to get the game time and support he needs. He’s a bright lad, he understands how these things work. He knows when he’s not getting regular game time his form will dip, and he knows when he does come into a far from fluent team, it is not easy to find that form.”