Marcus Rashford has scored just once for Manchester United so far this season after an impressive campaign last term.
However, he has only scored a single goal against Arsenal this season and has two assists. Rashford has gone 12 games without a goal ahead of the latest international break.
Fans have often appeared frustrated with the no.10 which seems strange considering his performances from last season and the fact that everyone’s form has dipped this term. As well as his status as an academy graduate.
Louis Saha, who spent four years at Old Trafford, has explained that Rashford’s effort out-of-possession will always be a bigger problem when he’s not producing the moments on the ball at the other end of the pitch.
He has suggested looking at the way fans take to Bruno Fernandes due to his effort shown in the engine room each week no matter how he performs on the ball.
“I’m not asking Marcus to change his personality, but he’s a symbol for the fans and he means a lot to them. They love Bruno Fernandes because he works so hard for the team and he shows through his emotions that he really cares,” Saha told BetFred. “The fans don’t see that level of emotion from Marcus and that’s something they want to see.
“When you’re a forward that possesses Marcus’ attributes and qualities, you’re going to be asked a lot to create, to disrupt and be unpredictable. When you’re hesitant in your approach and you’re not performing as you should, then people are going to start calling on you to chase the ball down more often and work harder.”
Saha worked alongside a younger Cristiano Ronaldo, who he said also sometimes skipped some defensive duties and that it’s not a problem – but you need to score the goals when you don’t track back as much.
“If you would have asked Cristiano Ronaldo to do that, he would have let you ask the question but he wouldn’t do it because he knows he can score goals up the other end of the pitch,” he added. “As a forward, not chasing defenders isn’t an indication that you have the wrong attitude. If Cristiano missed the opportunity to score a goal because he was helping his defence out, then he would have been fuming.”
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