Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has ruthlessly criticised Marcus Rashford for creating something ‘one out of ten times’ and giving the ball “away cheaply.”
Rashford was in the form of his life for United after returning from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and scored 30 times in 56 appearances for the Red Devils last season.
The 25-year-old United forward inked a new long-term deal with the Red Devils in July, but Rashford has not found the back of the net in the new season.
Rashford has found himself playing down the middle — rather than on the wing — in the absence of summer signing Rasmus Hojlund, who is currently injured.
Parker questions Rashford’s performances
Speaking after United’s 1-0 win over Wolves, Parker was not impressed with the “one or two things” that Rashford does when he loses the ball.
“Wide players should be looking at 10-plus goals,” he told InsideSport.
“Especially someone that’s done what he did last season.
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“With Marcus Rashford he can score goals but people that watch people without rose-tinted glasses know he doesn’t do enough when he’s got the ball. He gives it away cheaply.
“Tries to go into the cul de sac with so many parked cars in it. And when he loses the ball he does one or two things. He falls down and holds any part of his body or he just walks back.”
Rashford almost quit United before Ten Hag intervention
Rashford, who was previously linked with Paris Saint-Germain, struggled to find his best form at United before England’s World Cup campaign in Qatar.
However, his transformation post-World Cup had an impact at United and the England international was able to silence his harshest critics.
Rashford admitted that his long-term future at Old Trafford was uncertain until United manager Erik ten Hag provided him with more freedom.
“Before the manager came maybe a little bit,” he said last month.
“But it’s football, it happens. Everything is going to happen for a reason and he came to the club at the right time for me, the timing worked out.”