Just looking at Marcus Rashford playing up front for Manchester United at the moment makes us look tired.
And that’s not in a positive ‘tribute to his work rate’ kind of way.
No, Rashford’s body language is all wrong. He looks defeated.
How many times a game must we see Rashford slumped over, exhausted, looking like he has nothing left to give?
It is little wonder he can’t get a kick right now, managing just 21 touches against Newcastle.
Every break in play, Rashford looks despondent. Whether this be with frustration at his own play, or United’s as a whole.
He knows what United are putting together is not good enough, but he’s part of the problem.
Rashford is showing he is not suited to a lone striker role, and his body language makes him easy to play against.
Defenders know he is a beaten man already, and don’t have to do too much to get the better of them. He brings no fear factor to United’s attack.
Arrogant winner needed
Remember the iconic images of Eric Cantona slumped over with his hands on his knees? No, us neither.
Wayne Rooney? Ruud van Nistelrooy? Dimitar Berbatov? Zlatan Ibrahimovic? All four carried themselves like absolute winners, and played like it too.
United need a striker able to put Manchester United on his shoulders and change our fortunes. Rashford isn’t able to do it.
Anthony Martial can’t get fit, which shows a new striker is needed.
Could Braut Erling Haaland be the right man? He seems to possess the same fear factor and arrogance which United need, and Rashford lacks.
The problems aren’t all Rashford. The service into him has been atrocious. But he is showing he is not up to the task right now.
He can make as start on improving by not showing that he is so easily defeated, instead of looking like a beaten man 10 minutes into each game.
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