The upcoming international break will be a frustratingly long one for Manchester United who will head into it with next to no positives to look forward to.
Their string of poor performances saw the weaving of another loss, this time against Newcastle United who started the fixture in the relegation zone.
The Red Devils themselves are now only two points above the dreaded bottom three after the 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a brilliant debut goal from Matthew Longstaff.
The traveling United, however, continued to struggle for goals, and have now failed to score in their past two fixtures in all competitions and have likewise only scored thrice in their last six games.
A big chunk of that blame has been hurled at Marcus Rashford, who has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s go-to striker due to Anthony Martial being out injured.
The English forward who is an academy graduate of the Old Trafford-based outfit as well as a local Manchester boy himself, has arguably been having the worst spell of his career, with goal droughts, penalty misses, and persistent injuries all plaguing him the past few weeks.
Following the defeat, Rashford himself acknowledged the same in a heartfelt tweet.
You can’t hide in football and the last few weeks simply haven’t been good enough.
As a United fan myself, that hurts. And you deserve better.
We know we need to improve and that is our sole focus as a team and as a club. pic.twitter.com/GyHgvQvxeM
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) October 7, 2019
While the words cannot amend the youngster’s performance on the pitch, it is nevertheless commendable of him to accept the raw reality.
In fact, many feel that the blame ought to be shifted to Solskjaer. Resting those players who are fatigued, injured, or simply not enjoying great form is a basic managerial role. While the string of injuries and the limited options for the position is an apt excuse, the promising brilliance of Mason Greenwood does make one question even that choice.
Simply put, the injuries have come at an awful time for Solskjaer and company, particularly since they were already touted to be sub-par in their performances this rebuilding season.
Will the fortnight that lies ahead bring relief in that regard, or will further players be added to the recovery room?