21 Jan 2018 12:07:29
Afternoon folks. I think we need to talk about Rashford. I'm a huge fan of his but this season he has been really poor for large portions of it. Everything that made him stand out and make the breakthrough over the last couple of seasons has gone from his game. This isn't a reaction from the game yesterday but his decision making has been appalling. He consistently makes the wrong one time and time again. Instead of using his pace to attack wingers, he now has a tendency to slow the game up, almost like a really cocky winger would do, trying to beat players with flair and trickery when that's not in his locker. He's getting an almost Ronaldo like style for trying to burst the net from all different distances.

This dip in form is an inevitable one in a player so young, bit with the impending signing of Sanchez and Martial kicking on to the next gear, I think Marcus needs to go back to what got him here in the first place and stop trying to be something he's not otherwise we could have a lot of lost potential on our hands.

1.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 14:25:40
I agree he's not been playing to his level mate, but he's young so hopefully it's just temporary. I think he needs to keep coming on as sub, and maybe start the fa cup games till he regains his confidence and decision making.

2.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 14:34:27
Been saying it for so long. Glad others share the same concern for the lad.

{Ed004's Note - I also maintain that's he best playing as a striker and think him and Lukaku should be alternated more often to keep both fresh. Let Lingard and Martial compete on the left and play Sanchez on the right with Mata covering}

3.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 14:45:08
Rash is going through a dip it happens.
Martial made it 3 in 3 with another great finish .
Looks a better player when not stuck on the touchline trying to be a winger.

4.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 16:01:45
I think a lot of the Utd players decision making needs to improve in college pogba and martial! There is a selfish side to a few of our forwards this season which particularly showed last night and I'm sure mouriniho and his staff will be stressing it! Great talents mind you but just need to be cleverer! Hopefully a clever player like Sanchez to learn from will help as well as zlatan when he's back in training!

5.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 14:52:29
With Lukaku/ Martial/ Sanchez and Zlatan (as Ed2 mentioned in the podcast, his replacement), where does Rashford fit? It was a straight battle between him and Martial, he has lost out and that has shown on him. He has become selfish trying too much trying to get his numbers up. Bjt he doesn't hv a football brain and as the OP says, he has also forgotten what got him here.

{Ed004's Note - I was thinking more of how we would use him next season when Ibra leaves. However I don't think he has had enough opportunities up top this season}

6.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 16:40:52
I get your point Ed, but Zlatan will be replaced in the summer and it wobt be Rashford. Ed2 mentioned the likes of Lewandowski. Really don't see how Rashford moves ahead of that strikeforce. He has got several chances but he has simply gone backwards. He has not just messed his chances but he has messed up chances for others too.

{Ed004's Note - I can't see us getting someone like Lewandowksi because neither he nor Lukaku will want to be second choice and we don't play with two strikers. I'd probably let Mata go and sign a replacement for him and let Rashford compete up top. Either way if Rashford can't cope then Martial or Sanchez can cover up top}

7.) 21 Jan 2018
21 Jan 2018 20:13:22
ill probably get slated by some but i think that rashford needs a loan tbh. to go out and play week in week out as a main striker. that's probably his best chance of getting to play up top for us. i think there would be quite a lot of interest from decent teams so we he wouldn't have to go to a team fighting relegation. could really be the making of him. i think somewhere like burnley would be a great shout for him. they are a team that play with no fear and are a drastically improved side with no star player as such. the ginger mouriniho is there manager aswell ;) or maybe to somewhere like everton.