‘Simplify your game’ – Louis Saha sends message to struggling Manchester United star Marcus Rashford
'I’m confident he’ll get back to it because when he does, he’s unstoppable.'
Rashford was United’s Player of the Year last season after scoring a career best 30 goals and making 11 assists across all competitions.
But so far this season, it has been a very different story, with the England forward recording just one goal and three assists in 12 games.
Though the Red Devils as a whole have been struggling, the 25-year-old’s drop off in form is hard to avoid and some have even suggested that he spend some time on the bench while he gets back into the groove.
There is confidence that he will find his shooting boots soon – not least from manager Erik ten Hag and teammate Rasmus Hojlund – and Saha also believes he can get back to his ‘unstoppable’ best – if he takes onboard the follow advice:
‘In Marcus Rashford, I see a player with tremendous quality – there’s no doubt about that. The only thing that’s holding him back is overthinking,’ the former forward told Paddy Power.
‘He has a tendency to think too much and that’s the problem he has at the moment. It sounds very simplistic but it’s not. He’s got great energy levels, he’s very physical and the volume of his runs are his main strengths.
‘He’s not helped by Manchester United’s slow tempo. Players take too many touches, and it takes too long to get the ball out wide to Rashford’s feet. Half a second is a massive amount in a game, and it provides the defender with too much time to close him down, forcing him to play it backwards.
‘We want to see Rashford committing and not worry about making mistakes. He needs to attack, try and cross the ball, shoot at goal and be happy if he wins a corner.
‘It’s very simplistic but that’s the reality for Rashford right now. He needs to simplify his game and put all his energy into the things that work. I’m confident he’ll get back to it because when he does, he’s unstoppable.’
United certainly need their talisman to get firing, with one of their biggest games of the season up next: the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Rashford scored the winner in this fixture last season and in total has scored five goals in 18 games against Manchester City.
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