Marcus Rashford’s Old Trafford struggles in the Premier League continued at the weekend.
Rashford has not netted in the league at home all season long.
Just three of his 10 goals this season in all competitions have come in the league, all away from home.
Rashford did not get close to doing so on Saturday night against Manchester City.
He was selected up front as part of a two with Mason Greenwood, and just like in Leipzig, it didn’t work.
Rashford was barely involved
Rashford managed only 23 touches in 90 minutes in the goalless draw with City.
Just nine of those touches came in the first half. Rashford’s only shot at goal came in the second, and it went wide.
Mason Greenwood had 31 touches of the ball before being substituted in the 70th minute.
Anthony Martial struggled to get involved either when he came on, he touched the ball just seven times.
An inability to get the ball to the strikers summed up United’s problems.
With creative players on the pitch like Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, United should have done a better job.
But the team were set up too narrowly, and while this helped contain City, it made United too predictable.
There was nobody out on the wing able to go past players and run into space. Solskjaer did not even include Dan James in the matchday squad.
Juan Mata was an unused substitute, just like against Leipzig. Why not take a gamble?
Rashford can and perhaps should do more, but playing him up front limits his time on the ball as he cannot drift into wide areas so frequently.
United need to work harder and more efficiently to give Rashford and Greenwood better service, and take more risks.
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