Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson believes Marcus Rashford is benefiting from playing regularly as a number 9 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford has been used as the central striker by Solskjaer, despite Romelu Lukaku being available in the last two games, and the striker has repaid the faith with his performances.

The striker has been a constant nuisance for defenders over the last four games because of his pace and movement and has netted three goals in the process.

Solskjaer believes he can improve Rashford as a player and Atkinson feels the striker’s cool finish against Newcastle United on Wednesday night was a reminder of the Norwegian at his peak.

The former Manchester United boss feels the key part of the England international’s recent performances is that he has got the opportunities to play down the middle as a number 9.

Atkinson said on MUTV after the win at St. James' Park, when speaking about Rashford’s goal and performance: “It was almost watching Ole himself slotting it away, pretty much the same body position.

Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 76)

“The big thing with him is that he is playing centre-forward, he has got great pace and all of a sudden he is making good movements.

“When he was playing in the wide areas, he was getting pinned onto the touchline a bit too much.”

Rashford has 39 goals in 147 appearances for Manchester United and Solskjaer has insisted that his finishing can be improved.