Erik ten Hag will join Manchester United this summer, and he should pay attention to what Thomas Tuchel has stated about Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United was fortunate to draw 1-1 with Chelsea last month at Old Trafford. The performance was a small improvement following a loss to Arsenal, but it was far from enough. United fans were understandably dissatisfied with the performance.
They were also dissatisfied with Marcus Rashford, among others who started that game. Rashford appeared sluggish and indifferent, and his poor effort rate stood out against a 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo who was moving faster. Rashford failed to monitor Reece James’ marauding surges forward, and Ronaldo appeared disgusted doing his teammate’s leg work down the left channel.
Just before halftime, Ralf Rangnick asked Rashford and Anthony Elanga to switch sides, most likely because he thought the latter would trackback. Rashford was not working for the shirt, which allowed James to harm United.
United fans will forgive Rashford for his lack of form, but not for failing to execute the fundamentals. Rashford grew up in Wythenshawe and attended the club’s academy. He should understand that supporters expect a minimum level of commitment on the field. Rashford didn’t appear entirely committed against Chelsea, and it wasn’t the first time this season.
Rashford was replaced with 10 minutes remaining, and after the final whistle, he was seen sharing a short embrace with Thomas Tuchel. The video went viral, and several supporters joked that it was the most he’d run all night.
It was thought that Rashford will reclaim his finest form this season. The player has continued to decline and now appears to be lacking confidence. Rashford’s slump has not been broken, and he is currently at a crossroads in his career.
Rashford was debating his future after Rangnick decided to leave him on the bench in the Manchester derby, according to the Manchester Evening News. That day, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba spearheaded the attack, revealing Rangnick’s thoughts on Rashford. Rangnick has always believed that Rashford performs well in practice but not on game days.
Sources close to the player say Rashford is training well and in high spirits, albeit they admit it isn’t translating to matchdays. Rashford is definitely a player at the club about whom Rangnick has long held an opinion.
Rangnick has routinely deployed the striker out of his optimum position, the left flank. Given Jadon Sancho’s development on the left, that is hardly a criticism of the German; but, it has lessened the likelihood of Rashford regaining his form. Rangnick does not believe Rashford, and you can’t blame the interim manager for that.
That approach, though, is not conducive to Rashford returning to his best. Rangnick has only one game remaining in charge of Manchester United, and his departure, combined with the arrival of Erik ten Hag, should offer Rashford an opportunity to demonstrate his worth to the club.
Rashford will gain from an expert coach and tactical input, which he hasn’t had since Jose Mourinho’s departure. Ten Hag is anticipated to place his trust in Rashford upon his arrival at Carrington, and it will be up to Rashford to reward it. Rashford should be gone by January if he doesn’t take advantage of this opportunity and continues to underperform. He also needs to struggle for the shirt once more.
Some fans have given up on Rashford, while others’ patience is wearing thin, as evidenced by the match against Chelsea a few weeks ago. Rashford’s embrace with Tuchel was also a topic of discussion on social media.
Although Rashford has been underwhelming over the past two seasons, it appears that top clubs would be eager to sign him away from United. Tuchel has always admired Rashford and praised the academy graduate in December 2020.
“I’ve met him three times as an opponent, and each time I’ve encountered a calm, humble, and polite person, which is incredible.” “I really like this combination,” Tuchel stated. “With his speed, ability to score, determination, and finishing, he poses a significant threat.”
“He’s quite precise, shooting inside and outside the box.” He is extremely quick on counter-attacks and powerful in the air with headers. He’s made a significant influence, and it’s great to see individuals from the academy making such an impact in a big, big club like United.”
The Rashford Tuchel described has vanished at United, and it is hoped that Ten Hag will be the manager to re-discover him.
Rashford should enjoy his time at Carrington this summer since it will be his last if he does not improve.