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As quoted by Sky Sports, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he is not worried about Marcus Rashford’s poor form.
The England international has scored three times in the current campaign, but two of those strikes came courtesy of the penalty spot.
Against FC Astana in the Europa League on Thursday, the 21-year-old drew a blank, but Solskjaer has waved off any potential concerns with the striker.
He said: “I don’t worry about that, he’s getting the chances. Of course he could have scored three (against Astana), but the goalkeeper made a few fantastic saves. We’re working every single day in training with Marcus and he wants to improve and he wants to be better. He could have finished with his left foot instead of his right once, but it was just one of those days.
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“He’s still young, he’ll improve and you won’t hit your peak as a striker until you’re 26 or 27. He’s still learning what finishes to make in different circumstances. I think today’s forwards are different from the old, traditional number nines. There’s not many left of them and Marcus can play three or four positions.”
Having previously been public about his preference to play through the middle, Rashford really cannot have any excuses when it comes to his poor form. The striker was guilty of several missed opportunities against Astana, registering five shots at goal but failing to hit the back of the net.
The injury to Anthony Martial has opened the door for him to establish his place at the top of the team, but with each passing game without a goal from open play, the naysayers will continue to get louder. The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were let go this summer to give Rashford et al a chance. He needs to make absolutely sure he doesn’t spurn it.