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Jamie Carragher namechecked West Ham United when explaining comments he made over the future of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.

Just last week West Ham legend Alvin Martin said his old club would be ideal for Rashford as he stands at a career crossroads.

Now Sky Sports pundit Carragher has also mentioned West Ham in dispatches when explaining why he feels Rashford may have to leave Manchester United to fulfil his potential.

Carragher was speaking on Monday Night Football where he defended his position on Rashford, insisting it will be hard for him to develop as a centre-forward at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho defended his handling of the England striker insisting he had played “an incredible number of minutes” for the Red Devils during his tenure.

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Carragher: ‘West Ham one of big three outside of top six’

And Carragher stuck to his guns insisting Rashford should join one of three clubs he sees as ‘just outside the top six in terms of stature’ namely West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa (if promoted).

“My point was, he may have to move away, and then maybe come back, the same as Lukaku did,” Carragher said on MNF.

“Lukaku is an interesting one, I used him as the reference point, I said he went to Everton, but don’t forget when he was at Chelsea he went to West Brom.

 

“Now West Brom are a team near the bottom of the league. He scored a lot of goals at West Brom, about 15 or 20 goals, he done well, but that still was not enough for Chelsea.

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“I think they went out and signed (Diego) Costa or another centre forward and it was like the gap between West Brom and Chelsea is too big.

“The reason I use Everton as an example or maybe a West Ham or maybe if Aston Villa got back into the Premier League, that (stature of) club I class just below the top six.

“I think (elite) teams look at (players who can perform at) them (West Ham, Everton and Villa) and think ‘Well ok they can do it there’ that jump to the next level is not as big, that’s all I was saying with regards to Rashford.”

West Ham fans would be delighted to have Rashford in East London.

The thought of Marko Arnautovic and Rashford up front together would strike fear into most defences.

Whether it would ever come to pass remains to be seen.

But at least the Hammers are in the conversation.

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