Ex-PL ace tips struggling Man United star to take a two-month break amid poor form

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford tipped to take ‘two-month break’ by former Premier League star

Speaking on talkSPORT (h/t Express), former Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford would accept a two-month break from football if he was offered the chance.

Rashford is currently going through one of his worst spells of form in a United shirt, looking low on confidence and unable to break down opposition defences. He looks like a shadow of the player we once knew when he burst onto the scene under then-manager Louis van Gaal.

Agbonlahor, who played for Villa his entire senior career, said that Rashford looks like a player who doesn’t like football and in his personal opinion did not think the Red Devils star worked well on the right flank.

 “I don’t know, he just looks like he doesn’t like football. He looks like a player who is playing, but doesn’t want to play football at the moment. For me, Rashford doesn’t work on the right side of midfield.”

Marcus Rashford looks like he doesn't want to play, said Gabriel Agbonlahor. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford looks like he doesn’t want to play, said Gabriel Agbonlahor. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

This season, the England international has fallen down the pecking order at the club, having to make do with a place on the bench with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani ahead of him in the attacking ranks despite their ages.

“He’s moody”

The 24-year-old also recently failed to get called up for the England national team’s friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast, which comes as a further blow to the forward. United fans will largely agree that he is going through the worst spell of his career so far, given that they know how good he can be.

Agbonlahor said that if Rashford was given the opportunity to take two months off from football to clear his head, he would take the chance as he looks like he doesn’t want to play football and that he looked moody on the pitch.

“If you said to him to take two months off to clear his head, I think he’d take it. It doesn’t look like he wants to play football. There’s no excitement, no smile on his face. He used to always be smiling and now he’s moody.”

Agbonlahor said that Marcus Rashford would accept a two-month break from football if offered one.
Agbonlahor said that Marcus Rashford would accept a two-month break from football if offered one.

Having come off the back of a disappointing Euros 2020 final and a shoulder surgery that saw him ruled out of action for the first few months of the current campaign, many expected Rashford to come into the season with renewed energy and determination.

However, the exact opposite has occurred, with the Englishman looking woefully out of form and short of confidence on the pitch. He seems to be struggling with an issue that does not look to be physical, and it has hampered his performance this term.

To make things worse, news broke out about the academy star considering his United future, which came as a bombshell to many. Having come through the ranks at Carrington and become a favourite at Old Trafford, only a few would expect Rashford to leave his boyhood club – at least in the near future.

On top of that, it would be one of the craziest things in our recent history if we offered him a two-month break out of nowhere in the closing stages of this season. Agbonlahor, however, may not have been literal with his suggestions, but it is in our best interest to keep our squad fully intact until the end of the season as we chase a top-4 finish.

Marcus Rashford is not on song for Manchester United right now.
Marcus Rashford is not on song for Manchester United right now.

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With just a few weeks to go until the end of the season, we can hope that Rashford takes the summer off to work hard and get back to his best. A new permanent manager is expected ahead of the new campaign, and perhaps he can help the forward put this form aside and start anew.