What Man United Fans Are Saying About Rashford’s Performance vs Astana

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford reacts.

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Manchester United’s return to Europa League football was marked with a win against FC Astana. It was a 1-0 encounter powered by Mason Greenwood’s 73rd minute goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strategically chose this game to utilize a much-needed squad rotation, deploying a remarkable youthful side.
Their front three composed of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and Tahith Chong.

While 17-year-Old Greenwood undeniably made the headlines with his goal, it is the incompetence of Rashford at scoring that has remained in the minds of the United fans.

Rashford was not at all comfortable in the striker’s spot, as has been the norm for quite a while now. To his credit, the Englishman made some remarkable runs and got himself into the right spots on more than three separate occasions.

However, all of it was in naught as his finishing wasn’t up to the mark of a United no.9.

Fans took to twitter to critique his showing and more than one expressed concern as to why Solskjaer was still deploying him there when it was evident that his brilliance lies in functioning from wide.

https://twitter.com/ScottLey3/status/1174883565735174146

This seems to be in line with a larger problem at Old Trafford wherein the desire for versatility is killing specificity amongst their talents.
Despite playing a starkly different brand of football, Astana held their own remarkably well, particularly in defensive spots.

Even there, goalkeeper Nenand Eric’s showings shouldn’t have deterred Rashford from scoring, something he ought to have done multiple times on the night.

Simply put, Martial needs to return to first-team football quickly so that Rashford can be deployed at his natural preference.