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Marcus Rashford’s performance in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory called “as bad as he saw it” by expert, who questions forward’s attitude and desire


Not a lot of Manchester United players are playing well right now, but Marcus Rashford in particular is in bad shape.

And, after another disappointing display in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, former United man Micky Gray called the forward’s performance, effort and body language “terrible” , “horrible” and “as bad as it is”. seen’.

Rashford didn’t have his best FA Cup performance
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The 24-year-old was finally hooked with four minutes to go but spent the 86 minutes he was on the pitch making no impact for Ralf Rangnick’s side, to which Gray felt himself. opposite.

He said, live on talkSPORT: “Marcus Rashford, I’m sorry, waving your arms, I’m sorry mate, but if you keep giving the ball away like that, it’s only a matter of time until that you don’t leave that football field.

“It’s happened too many times this season.

“His body language is absolutely shocking right now, not just to him, but to a lot of these Manchester United players.”

“Their performance in this second half was absolutely horrible. ”

Marcus Rashford’s performance in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory called “as bad as he saw it” by expert, who questions forward’s attitude and desire
United, in general, were disappointing in the victory
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Marcus Rashford’s performance in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory called “as bad as he saw it” by expert, who questions forward’s attitude and desire
But Rashford’s low labor rate was pointed out by Gray
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Things got worse for the United striker when, after Mason Greenwood’s shot was parried by Villa keeper Emi Martinez, he turned his back and wasn’t ready to follow the rebound.

This sparked a rant from Gray, who was frustrated by Rashford’s apparent lack of effort.

“I can’t believe what I just saw,” Gray said.

“We just saw another replay now. Marcus Rashford deflects his body away from Aston Villa’s goal before Martinez actually retrieves the ball.

Marcus Rashford’s declining form this season

Premier League statistics:

2017-18 – Appearances: 35 | Goals: 7 | Assists: 5

2018-19 – Appearances: 33 | Goals: 10 | Assists: 8

2019-20 – Appearances: 31 | Goals: 17 | Assists: 9

2020-21 – Appearances: 37 | Goals: 11 | Assists: 11

2021-22 (Current season) – Appearances: 11 | Goals: 2 | Assists: 1

“Okay, he was probably waiting for the pass from Mason Greenwood, who did a fantastic job, but I don’t have it from a player with his back to you before the keeper gets the ball back.”

He went on to say: “[Rangnick] must change it. I’m not the Manchester United coach, but I can see when someone is having a hard time.

“You can’t put it down to anything else that he doesn’t want to run. You can have a bad first touch, you can have a very bad game, you can keep giving the ball but you have to put effort and try.

“He’s not running around – it’s as bad as I’ve seen it. What he just did there is terrible. We don’t do that on a football field. To turn your back ? Please…”

Commentator Sam Matterface was quick to speculate why the England international’s form took a nosedive, citing his injuries, his missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final or his campaign against the government as possible reasons why he is not playing.

Rashford has always been one of United’s best players in recent years, but since coming back from injury this season he’s been just a shadow of himself.

“What is it? Because there’s something he looks like he’s given up,” Matterface said.

Marcus Rashford’s performance in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory called “as bad as he saw it” by expert, who questions forward’s attitude and desire
England striker missed crucial penalty in his country’s shootout in Euro 2020 final
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“I look at him and I feel sorry for him because he looks at me like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he’s struggling mentally.”

He added, “Maybe he’s struggling with the spotlight that has fallen on him because of all the issues off the pitch?

“The penalty missed at the European Championships, maybe he didn’t really envision that he would end up facing the government like he did during the pandemic.

“Maybe it ended up taking its toll, but his football career has stalled.”

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