Marcus Rashford played 86 minutes in Manchester United’s win over Aston Villa.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MANCHESTER — Not many Manchester United (MU) players are performing well at the moment. One of the players who are still under their best performance is Marcus Rashford. Former Manchester United player Micky Gray, assesses Rashford’s disappointing performance in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the third round match FA Cup at Old Trafford, Tuesday (11/1/2022) early morning WIB.
Gray said, Rashford’s performance, effort and body language was very poor. The 24-year-old was deemed to have had no impact for 86 minutes before being sent off with four minutes of normal time remaining.
“Marcus Rashford, I’m sorry, waving to you. I’m sorry mate, but if you keep giving the ball away it’s only a matter of time before you’re off the football pitch. That’s happened too often this season,” said Gray, quoted from Talksports, Tuesday.
One of the moments Gray saw was when Mason Greenwood had a shot at goal, the ball that was parried by Emiliano Martinez bounced off and Rashford wasn’t ready for the rebound. Gray couldn’t even believe what he saw. Rashford turned his head from the Aston Villa goal before Martinez actually picked up the ball.
Rashford looked disappointed that Greenwood did not pass the ball to him who was in an unguarded position. The junior instead decided to shoot directly from an angle that was lacking in ideas and there were opponents who had closed it. The problem is, he doesn’t react to receive Martinez’s imperfect ball.
“Okay, he’s probably waiting for a pass from Mason Greenwood. But I didn’t receive that from a player. Turn your back before the goalkeeper takes the ball.”
Gray asked United coach Ralf Rangnick to change this. Although not as a Manchester United coach, Gray admits he can see when a player is going through bad times. According to him, if left unchecked, Rashford will continue to perform poorly.