Manchester United defender Harry Maguire emphasized that the struggling star Marcus Rashford is “working hard” to rejuvenate his form
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire offered words of encouragement for his teammate Marcus Rashford as his struggle for form continues. Maguire insisted that Rashford is working hard to revive his form, having the full support of the dressing room.
Rashford is currently playing his ninth season at the senior level since earning his way from the United academy. The 26-year-old has struggled with consistency while many believed he would fulfil his potential after last season’s success.
However, the England international has regressed to his inconsistencies and struggles despite reaching the peak years of his career. The 26-year-old needs to prove his worth as one of the highest earners in the current United squad.
Maguire told TNT Sports (h/t Metro) that Rashford is working hard and the dressing room is completely behind him. He said:
“Marcus [Rashford] had an unbelievable season last season. This season, it hasn’t clicked for him. He’s working hard. Everyone in that dressing room knows what he’s about.”
Fans and football pundits have criticized Rashford for his selfish style of play and inability to contribute to overall play. The Englishman lacks the work ethic to track back and help the defence when the opposition has possession.
The 26-year-old has appeared in 18 matches in all competitions, contributing with just two goals and four assists this season.
The England international played as a left winger and used his signature cutting inside and shooting to score goals. The opposition defender has easily dealt with Rashford’s signature move, finding it predictable during matches.
United manager Erik ten Hag has recently deployed a new tactical approach with a rigid 4-2-4 formation. Rashford has played as the right winger in this formation, staying out wide instead of his usual inside forward role.
The primary role of the England international is to stretch the opposition, creating spaces for the main striker. The England international plays more on the byline in this formation and uses his stronger right foot to provide crosses.
The style of play allows Rashford to attack the opposition’s far post when United builds attacks from the left. However, the England international has continued to struggle in the new formation as well.
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The congested December period awaits Manchester United with several crucial fixtures scheduled for the month. The Red Devils must rely on their star attacker to regain form; otherwise, they will have to seek alternative solutions to address their challenges.