England's Gareth Southgate on Marcus Rashford under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Rashford, who is suspended for Saturday's trip to Watford, scored twice for England during the global break prompting suggestions he should be play more regularly for his club.

One stat highlights just how precocious Rashford is: He has scored in his senior United debut (as a late call-up for a Europa League match in February 2016), his Premier League debut, his England debut, his Champions League debut and also his first Manchester derby.

Back at Old Trafford, the 20-year-old will once again be vying for selection with Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial but Southgate takes a pragmatic view of his situation.

A United source said: "Marcus loves the club and does not want to move but he wants to be a striker or at least play down the middle as a No 10". I don't think so.

"Yes he is (a special talent)", Southgate said of Rashford after seeing him score the only goal in Tuesday's friendly win over Switzerland.

"So I can expect that Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think of is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it's not my fault, he's suspended, so probably you should remind them he is suspended and cannot play".

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. "His performances with England, of course I'm happy, he played well, competed well, he scored and especially in a period where he comes with some sadness after his suspension it was very good that he did that".

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However, he is now making it clear that the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with 33 minutes for Chelsea this season, and Fabian Delph, who has not featured at all for City, might have to be excluded if they do not start playing more regularly before the game in Rijeka on 12 October and, three days later, at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.

Daily Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher made the point that Rashford has the most hard of tasks at United - a young player coming through as a striker at a big club.

Thompson added: "He has to analyse his game time this year but when you look at a manager to player relationship, I don't think there is total trust from the manager of whether he's a centre-forward, a left-sided player or a right-sided one".

And boss Gareth Southgate praised the Manchester United man.

"He was never ever out of a selection, so he knows and that's the most important thing".

It is not as straightforward for Pep as: 'Oh, I'll just give Phil a game.' Every decision you make as a manager has a knock-on effect and I understand how complicated that is.

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