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Rashford told he’s "not a killer" and Mourinho could’ve solved "sloppy" moments

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been told he "has to become a killer" in front of goal by former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf.

Lebouef believes Rashford "has everything to become one of the best strikers in the world" but he needs to be more clinical.

The World Cup winner referenced Jose Mourinho's efforts to improve Karim Benzema during his time as Real Madrid boss, with Mourinho later telling L'Équipe that he wanted Benzema to become "a killer".

"With Karim it was not a conflict," Mourinho said. "I just wanted to help the player – an incredibly talented player – to change his mindset, to help him reach his maximum. To become a killer, a determined centre forward. I really enjoyed working with Karim".

Speaking to ESPN, Lebouef claimed Rashford needs to do something similar, saying: "What I want to say about Rashford… he's a fantastic player. 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 Rashford reminds him of Nicolas Anelka, adding: "I played against Nicolas 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."

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