Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho was sent United message while watching England v Spain – Nicol

Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho was sent United message while watching England v Spain – Nicol

That is according to former Liverpool defender turned ESPN FC pundit Steve Nicol.

Rashford scored for England in their 2-1 Nations League opener defeat to Luis Enrique’s Spain.

The 20-year-old started up front just off of England captain Harry Kane and could have scored more than he did.

United boss Jose Mourinho was watching the game at Wembley and Nicol says Rashford showed he can play centrally for the Red Devils.

But the pundit still doubts whether Mourinho will actually choose to play him there in the future.

“Well, guess where Marcus Rashford played,” Nicol said.

“Pretty much through the middle off Harry Kane, and guess what, he could have had a hat-trick.

“He scored a great goal, (David) De Gea made an incredible save from his header.

“Then he should have, when he was clean through, at least had a brace. But, through the middle, he looked dangerous.

“Every time England went forward, he looked dangerous, he got in positions, he got in behind, he had pace.

“But guess what, I bet he doesn’t start there for Manchester United.”

Nicol was less than impressed with Spain’s forwards Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.

He says Enrique’s side would have eased to victory if Kane and Rashford had played for them.

“If you put Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford at the top of the Spanish team, they would have won this game comfortably,” Nicol added.

“Aspas and Rodrigo don’t do it for me. As I said, position-wise, from the back until they get up into the final third, they are the old Spain.

“But there’s nothing going on really in terms of runs in-behind, little one twos, some individual brilliance.

“I never saw any of that from either of the two forwards.”