Marcus Rashford missed a first half opportunity after being set up by Luke Shaw against Crystal Palace. Little did he know, this would turn out to be United’s best opportunity of the game.
Rashford struggled to be effective all game. It was a surprise he lasted all 90 minutes without being substituted.
The England star’s performance was called out by Gary Neville during his commentary.
In the 70th minute, after seeing Rashford lose possession, Neville told Sky Sports what he thought about the United forward.
Nevielle said: “So bad. His touch in the second half has been awful. He can’t control the ball if it comes to him at the moment.”
Rashford failed to register a shot on target and his first half effort was his only attempt at goal. He managed 53 touches in total.
United look to Rashford for inspiration in games like this, and his overall play was lacking, failing to combine effectively with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.
Even in the opening minutes, Rashford’s casual pass left Luke Shaw with too much to do and the left-back nearly picked up an injury chasing it, going down under a challenge. Neville described it on commentary as a ‘hospital pass’, for his teammate.
Is it Rashford’s fault or Ole’s?
Rashford must take some of the blame for his poor form, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at fault too.
He refuses to give Rashford a proper rest or rotate him properly. He has started 25 out of 27 Premier League games.
Even last week against Real Sociedad, Solskjaer brought him on for 45 minutes in a nothing game with United 4-0 up, instead of resting him.
The lack of sharpness we are seeing from Rashford at the moment is a result of a lack of rest. Going back to the restart last year, the United forward has played non-stop without a break.
It’s still frustrating watching him at times, but with 18 goals this season, he has played his part up until now.
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