Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said Marcus Rashford could become Manchester United’s main forward following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker joined Inter Milan in a £73m deal on deadline day, leaving Rashford as the most likely player to lead the line for United.
The 21-year-old appeared to relish the opportunity on the first day of the season, scoring twice as United thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.
And speaking on Stan Collymore’s The Last Word podcast, Carragher said the future looks bright for both United and Rashford.
“I know from being at Liverpool when we’ve had times outside the top four as a player, I’d always say it’s never as bad as you think,” he said.
“Sometimes you just get one player or a couple of players who leave, and something just lights up. I’m not saying that takes you to the title, but I don’t think Manchester United are miles away, I really don’t.”
United signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer, and Carragher thinks they have done good business, and did not necessarily need to buy a replacement for Lukaku.
“In some ways I admire what they’ve done and the signings they’ve made,” he added. “Could they have replaced Lukaku? I think it’s about time Rashford was given a go through the middle.
“Let’s see if Marcus Rashford is good enough to be Manchester United’s centre forward. He may not be. He may always be that player who plays wide a little bit, plays though the middle now and again. Is he really going to be that 20, 25 goals a season striker? Let’s see and have a look.”
Rashford will be hoping to at least beat his total of 10 Premier League goals last season, and will hope to add to his tally when United travel to Wolves on Monday in their second Premier League game of the season.