Rio reckons Rashford can oust Lukaku

English Premier League

In the wake of the recent criticism of Jose Mourinho's handling of the United number ten and Jose Mourinho's fiery response, former Red Devils skipper Ferdinand has weighed in with his opinion.

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"You got to fight, you got to show fight, fight for that position," he told ESPN FC.

"You ain't growing up at Man United to walk out the door at the first bit of disruption. No, you got a No. 10 on your shirt for a reason, you're there you got a talent, fight for it.

"He is that kind of kid as well. He is that type of kid. I think he will be disappointed he's not playing all the time not starting," he added.

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"I think he'll want to start and I think he'll want to prove to people that he's good enough to start on the team and he will fight off the likes of Sanchez and Lukaku to try and win that shirt to be the No. 1 striker at that club. [Because] he has the potential."

The 20-year-old has scored 32 goals and registered 17 assists in 126 appearances for the club since making his first-team debut in 2015.