Dimitar Berbatov offers Marcus Rashford advice on ‘unpleasant’ Man Utd situation

Dimitar Berbatov has urged Marcus Rashford not to quit Manchester United.

Rashford is said to be considering his future following a miserable season that has seen him struggle to hold down a place in the United side.

The England striker has scored just five goals and started two of the last 11 games in all competitions.

Rashford is worried his lack of game time will cost him a place in England's World Cup squad – and is looking at his possible options this summer as he gets set to enter the final 12 months of his current deal at Old Trafford.

Former United star Berbatov admits the 24-year-old is right to be considering a change, but believes he needs to think long and hard about turning his back on a club like United.

"It's understandable that Rashford wants to start games and, if he's still not being picked by the end of the season, I'd expect him to be considering his future at the club," Berbatov told Betfair.

"But he needs to remember that there will be another manager in charge next season and players who haven't had a look -in under (Ralf) Rangnick will get another chance.

"So it's a bit too soon for Rashford to be thinking about leaving for another club."

Berbatov recalls the time he decided he wanted out of United back in 2012 and made his feelings clear to then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, which left the Scot less than impressed.

He added: "It's disappointing when you are left out. I experienced it and it wasn't pleasant. You ask yourself, 'am I good enough? What do I need to do to get into the starting 11?'

"As a player, you must ask the gaffer why you're being left out. Sometimes you get a helpful answer but sometimes you come away from those conversations even more confused.

"Some managers simply don't know what to say. It can be a tough conversation. Managers are human too.

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"This is one of the problems of squad rotation – it's always going to leave some players unhappy. You can play well, then be left out the next time, and that's difficult for the player to understand.

"Near the end of my time at United I went to Sir Alex Ferguson and told him straight, that I wasn't playing enough and wanted to leave.

"He didn't like what he heard. He liked me as a player and a human being, but he needed to give all the strikers a chance.

"It was difficult to leave United. I needed to go, because I loved football and I needed to be playing."

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