'Rashford will be lucky to still be playing at 30' - Ex-England boss sees Man Utd star burning out

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Sam Allardyce fears the demands which will be placed on the 21-year-old will make it difficult for him to enjoy a lengthy career at the top

Marcus Rashford will find it “very difficult to get to 30”, claims former England boss Sam Allardyce, with the Manchester United star facing a serious threat of burning out.

At 21, Rashford has already become an established member of the first-team at club level and is also considered one of Gareth Southgate's most important players on the international stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped to bring out Rashford's best over recent weeks, with the forward starring for United in a central striking berth.

More is expected in the seasons to come, but Allardyce believes the demands set to be placed on him may lead to early retirement.

“Probably very difficult to get to 30,” the ex-England and Everton boss told talkSPORT.

“Because of the demands, physically and mentally, the fatigue that he will suffer. He will have three weeks a year off. That’s it.

“He’ll play all over the world because there’s no pre-season anymore, they go straight away across to these tournaments.

Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2018-19

“He’ll play for his country in the summer and he’ll get barely three weeks off.

“I think when you look at the wear and tear… by 25, he will have niggles. Even if he doesn’t get any major injuries, the knees and the ankles, the hips, the back will be a little bit of a problem as he goes on.

“They won’t stop him playing but I think later on in life it will bring his career to an end quicker than before.

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“But if you look at the Premier League now, I think there’s less players over 30 playing now than ever.”

Rashford started and scored on what was his 150th appearance for United in their 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday.

He will be hoping to again be selected for the FA Cup clash with Arsenal on Friday, although Romelu Lukaku will also be pushing for a recall having started just once since the Norwegian's appointment as interim boss. 

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