The 2-1 defeat to Bristol City on Wednesday night saw United bow out of the Carabao Cup, which they were the winners of last season, in embarrassing fashion.
While the Championship side was in absolutely terrific form throughout the match, it was the redundancy of a usually talented United team that had supporters surprised and furious in equal measures.
Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Lindelof, and Rashford were all deployed in the encounter, with Lukaku making a cameo as a substitute. And yet, the impressive and expensive lineup couldn’t make a dent into Bristol City, and fans have now taken it all out on one player in particular.
Marcus Rashford was brutally branded as selfish after the defeat, with Twitter being swarmed with criticism for the player, especially for his shortcomings in the final minutes of the game.
His failure to successfully pass the ball onto Lukaku is what irked supporters the most, as the single runs attempted by him all ended in futility.
Further, as one tweet pointed out, this is a behavior that has been going on for quite a while, and despite the youngster having registered 9 goals and 5 remarkable assists this season, the action isn’t one to be happy about.
Rashford so poor. It’s always him first & the team last. I won’t stop banging on about this til everyone bloody accepts it. Lukaku open for a tap in? Shoots. Beats a man? Chops back to beat him again. Give Lukaku a one on one? Nah randomly try and dribble the defender. Fuck off.
— Jaydn (@JaydnMUFC) December 20, 2017
Rashford one v one against a defender, could've passed to Lukaku who is then one v one against the goalkeeper but he tries to take on the defender and fails.
Blame Jose? Blame Lukaku?
Is Rashford the new Rooney, where the fans will not say a single negative word against him!
— Utd. (@SimplyUtd) December 20, 2017
Frustration from Rashford but he has to square it to Lukaku…
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) December 20, 2017
Rashford just want to run, no sense. Take a look at how Asensio and Sane play, They are youngsters too
— Kvng Bee (@Bee_mufc) December 20, 2017
The competition Mourinho created between Rashford and Martial doesn’t help when he plays both. You can tell by how selfish both of them were today
— Nduka (@Daniel_ND_) December 20, 2017
No idea why people are getting after Rashford. Every attribute to be a top player, done it against good defenders and in big games, alls to take risks, improving all the time. Even last night, produced United’s best moment and has delivered more by his age than plenty of greats.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) December 21, 2017
While an attempt to copy Ronaldo is another thing that seems to be on the cards, one does feel that unnecessary brunt is being thrown at the 20-year-old lad.
At his age, it seems almost common to make such mistakes, as the hunger to outperform owing to the fear of being benched acts as the primary motivator.
As of such, this behavior is best forgiven, and knowing the kind of work ethic the Englishman has reportedly shown, we can be more or less assured that he will learn from his errors and emerge as a superior Red Devil.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.