Manchester United were lucky to draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford last month. The performance was a slight improvement after the defeat by Arsenal, but far from good enough. United fans were understandably not happy with the show.
They were also not satisfied Marcus Rashford, among others who started that game. Rashford looked like a pedestrian, uninterested, and his awkward work rate stood out with 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo running faster than him. Rashford did not follow Reece James’s predatory races forward, and Ronaldo looked disgusted by kicking his teammate down the left channel.
Ralf Rangnick asked Rashford and Anthony Elang to switch sides just before half-time and that was probably because he knew the latter would actually follow back. Rashford didn’t work for the jersey and that allowed James to injure United.
United fans can forgive Rashford for his lack of form, but they cannot forgive him for failing to do the basics. Rashford grew up in Wythenshawe and is a product of the club academy. You should understand that fans require dedication on the field, as a minimum. Rashford didn’t look completely committed against Chelsea and it certainly wasn’t the first time this season.
Rashford was substituted in 10 minutes of play, and after a whistle all the time he was noticed hugging quickly with Thomas Tuchel. The footage went viral, and some fans joked that it was the most he actually ran all night.
He hoped this campaign would be the season in which Rashford rediscovered his best form. The player kept going backwards and instead looks without confidence. Rashford has failed to stop his decline and is now at the crossroads of his career.
The Evening news from Manchester discovered that Rashford was thinking about his future after Rangnick’s decision to leave him on the bench in the Manchester derby. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba led the attack that day and that was enough to reveal Rangnick’s opinion of Rashford. Rangnick has always claimed that Rashford performs in training sessions, but not on match days.
Sources close to the player stated that Rashford trains well and in a good mood, although they also admit that this is not transmitted on match days. Rashford is clearly a player at a club about which Rangnick has long formed an opinion.
The striker consistently played from his best position – left wing – under Rangnick. This is hardly a criticism of the German given Jadon Sancho’s progress on the left, however, it has reduced the likelihood that Rashford will be able to rediscover his form. Rangnick doesn’t trust Rashford and you can’t blame the interim manager for taking that stance.
That attitude, however, is not conducive to Rashford returning to his best. Rangnick has only one game left at United, and his departure and the appointment of Erik ten Hague should give Rashford a chance to prove he has a future at the club.
Rashford will benefit from an elite coach and tactical contribution, something he did not have from Jose Mourinho. Ten Hague is expected to give the player his confidence after his arrival in Carrington, and it will be up to Rashford to bring him back. Rashford should leave by January if he doesn’t take that opportunity and if he continues to perform worse. It also needs to show the fight for the shirt again.
Some fans gave up on Rashford, while others have less patience and this was seen after the Chelsea game just a few weeks ago. Rashford’s hug with Tuchel was also interesting, amid hysteria on social media.
Although Rashford has been disappointing for two seasons, it seems there will be no shortage of top clubs that could sign him from United. Tuchel has always been a fan of Rashford and praised the academy’s graduate back in December 2020.
“I’ve met him as an opponent three times and each time I’ve met a calm and humble guy and a nice person, which is amazing. I really like this mix,” Tuchel said. “He is a great threat with his speed, his ability to score, his determination and finish.
He is very precise, he shoots inside and outside the penalty area. He is super fast in counterattacks and strong in the air with blows to the head. He had a great impact and it is nice to see guys like him from the academy have such great results. is United. “
Rashford described by Tuchel has disappeared at United and hopefully Ten The Hague will be the manager to find him again.
Rashford is enjoying Carrington best this summer as it will be his last at the club if he doesn’t improve.