Manchester United laboured and limped to a Premier League draw once again on Saturday.
Despite Ralf Rangnick’s arrival at Old Trafford coinciding with a wildly favourable run of fixtures, the Red Devils have tripped over their own legs in an attempt to retain a Champions League spot.
And the deep-rooted problems at the club couldn’t have been more apparent than in the draw with Southampton at the weekend as United once again kissed goodbye to a 1-0 advantage.
The 13-time Premier League winners had initially raced into a first-half lead when Marcus Rashford swooped a brilliant ball across the penalty area for Jadon Sancho to tap home past Fraser Forster.
However, despite Rashford having played an undoubtedly fine role in United’s opening strike, there’s no escaping the fact that he didn’t cover himself in glory during the Saints’ equaliser.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men were able to race from one end of the Old Trafford pitch to the other with relative ease in a devastating move that culminated in Che Adams curling home a stellar finish.
There was nothing that David de Gea could have done to stop Adams’ inch-perfect strike finding the net via the post, but there was plenty that United could have done in the build-up to prevent things going that far.
And Rashford didn’t exactly give the best account of himself when Southampton set the wheels in motion to score by failing to track back with any urgency once Forster played the ball out to the left flank.
In damning footage that has amassed 1,200 retweets and over 6,000 ‘likes’ at the time of writing, Rashford can be seen barely breaking a sweat as the Saints create their goal just metres away from him.
While, yes, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot are also in the vicinity, it’s hard to imagine that a manager like Rangnick who puts such an impetus on pressing will have been impressed with Rashford’s jogging just two minutes after half-time.
All in all, it makes for a frustrating ‘what could have been?’ moment for United with some extra gusto from Rashford potentially nipping Southampton’s goal in the bud, so be sure to check out the clip below:
It’s not a good look, is it?
Considering United’s manager is a coach who has previously demanded that his players win possession back within eight seconds, you’d be forgiven for expecting at least a light run from Rashford.
And sadly, it makes for a clip that has been worryingly illustrative of Rashford’s wider form in the 2021/22 campaign with the England forward simply not finding a rhythm since his return from injury.
Four goals and two assists in the Premier League is by no means a woeful record, but even the 24-year-old himself would admit to wanting more when you consider his supreme talent and ability.
Besides, the clip of his jogging against Southampton isn’t an isolated incident with a seeming lack of desire to chase down a rebound in the FA Cup clash with Aston Villa also spreading across Twitter.
It would be wrong to speculate about why Rashford might be struggling so much this season, but it’s clear that something isn’t right and we join all fans in hoping to see him back to his best very soon.
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