World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf says Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s finishing isn’t good enough.
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 also said: “I played against Nicolas [Anelka] when he was at Arsenal and when he played for Paris Saint-Germain,.
“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.”