One Manchester United legend has brutally labelled Marcus Rashford ‘one of the worst off the ball players’ in the Premier League.
Rashford has been a shadow of his former self this season, scoring just two goals in 19 appearances so far.
The 26-year-old came under fire for his performance during the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend, with Jamie Carragher ripping into his attitude and comparing him to Anthony Martial.
Rashford was subsequently dropped by Erik ten Hag for their 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening, with the England international afforded just six minutes off the bench.
Meanwhile, former United striker Mark Hughes has slated Rashford for failing to track back when his side lose the ball.
“I don’t think the players go out with the intention of not trying, that doesn’t happen, but I think Rashford has slipped back into the mindset that he had before last season – he doesn’t look happy,’ Hughes said on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast.
“He obviously had a lot going on outside the game which maybe took something away from him, and perhaps he just needs to focus back solely on what his role is when he’s asked to put on the shirt for Man United.”
Hughes continued: “I look at United and think a lot of their problems stem from the wide areas. When the ball goes past them, their response is just not good enough.
“The lads need to track back and if they lose possession, they have to regain it as quick as they can.
“If you compare them to how Man City react when they lose the ball, it’s chalk and cheese. If Phil Foden loses the ball on the right hand-side, he wins it back, same with Jack Grealish.
“Rashford is an outstanding talent and is one of the best in the league when it comes to taking someone on, but without the ball, he’s probably one of the worst. He’s got to sort that part out.”