It was a frustrating outing for Manchester United yet again as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Matthew Longstaff’s goal was the special moment of the game where the Magpies were the more attacking side while the mediocrity of the Red Devils ensured that only possession was boasted by the traveling side.
This comes at the back of a string of poor performances and furthers their abysmal away record as well.
Injuries have certainly limited the options for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Amongst the injured, it is the continued absence of Anthony Martial that is being repeatedly touted as the reason behind their poor form.
However, it is the lack of a clinical presence from Marcus Rashford that makes him painfully inadequate as the lone striker.
Many fans took to Twitter to express their frustration and qualms with the English striker.
Rashford cannot play as a striker. It’s killing us. His movement is non existent.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 6, 2019
Rashford has got no clue about attacking the front post for a cross. Worst movement from a striker in the box we've had in years
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) October 6, 2019
Rashford’s movement as a striker is honestly horrific.
— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) October 6, 2019
Rashford has the worst attitude in the squad. No effort whatsoever.
— MUFC Away Days (@mufcaways_) October 6, 2019
You can rate Rashford how ever you want, but the fact we’re playing him against a back five with no service is a joke. Should have started with a front two, Ole must have watched Newcastle recently… tactical flexibility is non existent.
— Abdul (@Abdulghaleiw) October 6, 2019
Many commented on how selling Romelu Lukaku may have been a poorly executed decision in the wake of these goalless games.
Such was the mediocrity and effectiveness of Rashford up-front that both goalkeepers David De Gea and Martin Dubravka had more touches than Rashford.
Further, there were also those who advocated dropping Marcus Rashford from the starting eleven altogether and give the freshly 18-year-old Mason Greenwood more chances to familiarize himself with the goal.
There are also indications that Rashford is clearly nursing an injury and that the frequency with which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to start him for every game could add up to disaster for the fitness of everyone involved.