Nobody – not even Marcus Rashford himself – can deny that something is very wrong at the moment.
I have previously interviewed Rashford and think it’s stupid that some people are beginning to question the player’s attitude because his body language hasn’t quite been quite up to scratch. He is owed a sense of sympathy because he is one of our own, who is undoubtedly one of the most talented players to come from our academy in recent years.
I’m particularly looking at former England manager and United assistant, Steve McClaren, who claimed Rashford has an “attitude problem” which shows how out of touch he is with the modern game.
There’s really no point getting on Rashford’s back when his confidence appears to be at an all-time low and, according to the Telegraph, United are to blame for the player’s ongoing crisis.
Jason Burt writes: “A crisis born out of being an academy graduate shunted from position to position to accommodate others – and of never having a manager who has actually coached him to be the best he can be since his dramatic first-team breakthrough in 2016.”
He adds: “There is a danger here – the danger that one of the finest talents England hs produced will not go on to fulfill his potential, or even may have to leave United to do so. The club has to be careful with a player who is so desperate to improve and learn that he has put himself through triple training sessions, spends up to 12 hours a day at the Carrington training ground and quizzes Cristiano Ronaldo on not just what he eats but also on what specifically his muscle mass was at Rashford’s age.”
Does that sound like a player with an attitude problem? No, anything but…
It sounds like a lad who is struggling and doing everything he can to get back to his best.
There is another interesting snippet of information in the article, which points out that Rashford was not helped after approaching former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for assistance. It is noted that the Norwegian barely took a training session at United and preferred to delegate to his coaching staff.
The question is can the next manager get the most out of Rashford, put an arm around him and ensure he has the support he needs to prosper as a footballer.