Manchester United captain Ashley Young has praised Marcus Rashford as a world-class talent and believes the forward’s style of play can frighten the opposition. The England international has been the standout performer for the Red Devils this term and he has already amassed 12 goals from just 20 appearances this term.
Rashford has only managed 13 goals during each of his past two seasons for the Red Devils but he appears on course to break that tally with more than half of the campaign remaining. Speaking to Sky Sports, Young was full of praise for his compatriot and said that there is plenty to come from the versatile forward, who he deems as a world-class player.
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has said that Marcus Rashford must improve on the positioning in the box in order to become a top-class striker for Manchester United. The England international started the season on a high with a brace against Chelsea but he has since gone six games without finding the net.
This has already led to criticism from the supporters with some indicating that the 21-year-old may need to be dropped from the starting XI altogether. Speaking on Sky Sports, Shearer said that he has some sympathy for the United graduate, who has been struggling with the end product since the curtain-raiser against Chelsea.
England international Stan Collymore believes Marcus Rashford faces the risk of
becoming the modern-day Theo Walcott, given he has yet to establish himself at
a particular role. The Manchester United striker has regularly swapped between
the wider and central forward positions for club and country and Collymore
feels the 21-year-old should master one role sooner rather than later.
report covered by The Mirror, he told: “If Rashford isn’t careful then, sooner
rather than later, he is going to find himself cast as the modern-day Theo
Walcott. Someone who isn’t seen as an out-and-out winger or straight-up No.9
but a Jack of all trades as a forward and master of none. “That’s why now is
the perfect time for him to decide whether that’s the way he wants to go. Or
would he rather be a player who lives or dies as a No.9.”
started the season for United on the left side of the attack but he has
recently returned to the centre-forward role following a thigh injury for
Anthony Martial. The attacker has been rewarded with multiple opportunities to
find the net but he has been average with the end product which has meant that
he has drawn blank during the past three games.
The Red Devils return from the international break with a home game against Leicester City and Rashford may once again lead the attack. The Mancunian giants have accumulated just five points from the opening four league matches and they surely need to step up this weekend in order to avoid dropping down the table.
Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are presently seven points behind Liverpool at the top
of the table. However, their main should remain the Champions League places and
they are currently trailing fourth-placed Crystal Palace by a couple of points.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez will come good for
the club this season despite struggling to make a notable impression in the
past 19 months. The Chile international has managed just five goals from 45
appearances for the Red Devils since making the move from Arsenal in January
2018, but Solskjaer remains optimistic that the 30-year-old can redeem himself
at the club.
MUTV, Solskjaer said that Sanchez remains a crucial member of the first-team
squad and the speculation that he has been dropped to the reserves for
disciplinary reasons remains false, he told: “Alexis is such a professional. He
comes in every single day, working really hard, and he wants to be a part of
this. Of course, there have been [media] stories again, [saying] that he has
been put in the Reserves. Of course he hasn’t! He’s part of our squad and he’s
a very, very good player.”
that the club could benefit from the player’s services in the centre-forward
role where he had much success at Arsenal, he continued: “He’s just had a
couple of weeks, three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest, but he’s
very close to being part of it. We don’t have the biggest forward line in
numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you
expect. Because we expect him to come good at this club. He’s quality.”
The Red Devils decided to sanction the sale of Romelu Lukaku before the transfer deadline this month without pursuing a successor. As such, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford remain the only senior options to occupy the centre-forward role at the moment and they could need some help from Sanchez and young Mason Greenwood, particularly with the work across four competitions.
United started the new league campaign in stunning fashion with a 4-0 thrashing of top-four rivals Chelsea. They are expected to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Monday night with the aim of probably topping the league table with another victory.
Manchester United ace Ashley Young has backed Marcus Rashford to become one of the world’s best after finding the consistency upfront under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The England international has been in-and-out of the starting lineup over the past two years under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but his fortunes have changed since Solskjaer took over the reigns on a temporary basis.
Speaking on MUTV, Young hailed the immense potential of his compatriot and stated that the 21-year-old has the perfect platform to learn from one of United’s favourite forward in yesteryear in Solskjaer. He added that the youngster has the burning desire to impress even on the training field and that should hold well in his progress for the forthcoming years.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku must provide more on the playing field, if he is to cement his position as the Red Devils’ number one striker. The Belgian was recently dropped from the starting lineup for the 2-1 triumph over Everton but in the weekend after, he found himself injured to face Bournemouth where United won by the same scoreline.
In both of those games, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez fared much better in terms of their movement and link-up play despite failing to score and Ferdinand feels Lukaku may need to bring much more than his goalscoring to cement the striker’s position for the long-term, he told BT Sport: “You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has expressed a sense of disappointment after the Red Devils suffered an abysmal 3-1 Premier League defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday. The Red Devils had come into the game on the back of two winless matches across all competitions and they were pegged back within the opening five minutes with Felipe Anderson finding the scoresheet.
Thereafter, a deflected Andriy Yarmolenko shot doubled the scores for the Hammers but there appeared a comeback on the cards after Marcus Rashford found the net for United following the break. However, their optimism was shortlived with Marko Arnautovic bagging the third goal for the Hammers just minutes after Rashford’s strike.