Man Utd legend Cole tells Rashford he’s missing Cavani trait

Andy Cole believes Marcus Rashford isn't clinical enough at Manchester United and can't be relied upon to score regular goals.

The 23-year-old enjoyed his best goalscoring return in the team last season, notching 22. He has also scored 16 so far this term, with plenty more games left before the season's end.

But 1999 treble winner Cole believes Rashford doesn't score enough to be relied upon as a centre-forward and compared him to summer signing Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan joined on last summer's transfer deadline day and has created a bigger impact than many would have predicted.

Cavani has scored seven goals in 22 appearances so far and seems to be getting better all the time.

Cole believes the 33-year-old's clinical nature in front of goal sets him apart from the likes of Rashford.

“Marcus is not going to be a clinical centre-forward like a Cavani,” he told talkSPORT.

“Marcus will nick himself a certain amount of goals season in, season out, but he won’t be that individual you’re looking for to score 20 to 25 goals. I don’t think Marcus has got that clinical side in him.

“If you look at what Man Utd have now with Cavani; you know what you’re going to get [with him], it’s as simple as that.”

United take on West Ham on Tuesday night in the FA Cup and Cavani admitted he's not yet done his homework on the competition.

“I haven’t had chance to read or study about this trophy [the FA Cup] with any great depth, but I believe that every cup or piece of silverware is always very important,” he said.

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  • “For me, football is all about never-ending, continuous competition. Every game, whatever the stature of the trophy at stake, has a different impact amongst the fans and the public in general. But in my eyes, football is one hundred per cent about competing, in every kind of match.

    “I’m thinking it must be a bit like the Cup in France, a competition that has many years of history behind it, and which features teams from the Second and Third Divisions, and teams knock each other out as they progress through the various rounds.

    "And it’s a very prestigious trophy to lift because you can get drawn away from home against really tough opponents at awkward venues.

    "I can easily imagine just how important a trophy it is. But over and above any of that, as I told you before, for me, football is all about competition, pure and simple, and you always have that desire to win, whatever cup you’re playing for, it’s always important.

    "And as I always say, winning isn’t easy, and so when you win, you have to enjoy it, and you also have to try to get into the habit of winning."

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