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The 21-year-old striker scored from Daniel James’ cross in the first half with United looking poised to earn a huge three points against their top-of-the-table arch-rivals, only for Adam Lallana’s 85th-minute equaliser to deny them.
England international Rashford also needed a confidence-boosting display and, having scored earlier this week for his country in Bulgaria, looked far livelier for United than he has of late.
Yet United icon Neville, who spent his entire career playing for the club, believes Solskjaer must be careful that he does not sign a new striker who stunts Rashford’s development.
The academy graduated lined up against Liverpool alongside Daniel James with only Rashford and Anthony Martial as United’s senior No 9s this season, following the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
Yet Neville has urged the Norwegian, his former Red Devils team-mate, not to sign a player who would get in Rashford’s way.
“I thought he looked beat two weeks ago,” the Sky Sports pundit admitted of the striker.
“If ever a player needed taking out of the team… but the international break has done him good.
“People were starting to question him in a big way and saying United needed to go and sign a striker.
“They might still need to but he looked like his true self.
“He’s still young. Players have to develop.
“United have to make a decision – they have to buy but not necessarily at the expense of Marcus Rashford. Of course he needs help.”
The Germany international is unlikely to be available in January, however, as Leipzig seek to keep the 23-year-old until at least next summer.