Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to Aston Villa featured poor performances from a number of players, but Marcus Rashford in particular struggled.
The Englishman has been in fine form of late and it would have been fair to see him as a potential winner before the match.
He was rested for United’s midweek clash with Real Sociedad with the Red Devils’ trip to Birmingham in mind, but the move didn’t pay off.
With Rashford deployed on the right flank in the absence of both Antony and Jadon Sancho, the United star reminded fans why he rarely plays in that position.
It wasn’t for lack of trying that Rashford struggled, having attempted three dribbles and completed two successfully.
He competed in a remarkable 12 duels, ten on the ground and two in the air, proving that he was certainly getting involved.
However, by winning just three of those duels overall, Rashford showed that he was off the pace by competing for the challenges he engaged in.
Things just weren’t going well for United’s number ten, with possession lost 15 times despite a rather unadventurous display on the ball.
Rashford didn’t complete key passes and didn’t get a single shot.
With the forward sometimes being United’s main goal-scoring threat this season, not getting even half a chance, Rashford underscored the problem with his team’s overall performance.
Man United face Aston Villa again in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, but it will be against Fulham in the Premier League that they will desperately need an upgrade from Rashford.
That game marks the last chance to score points before the World Cup in Qatar and United will be desperate to finish this section of the season as strong as possible.
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