Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford has failed to find the net in his last 10 appearances, for both club and country. Tony Cascarino, former Chelsea striker blamed manager Jose Mourinho for the player’s recent misfortunes in front of goal.
“I don’t like the way he’s handled Marcus Rashford. I’ve seen Rashford deteriorate quite a lot this year, and there is no other reason because he has been taken out of the firing line.” Cascarino said to TalkSPORT.
Mourinho used Rashford as an impact substitute, since take over at Old Trafford. The Manchester United youth academy product scored four goals in six initial appearances. This forced the Portuguese to start the player more often, according to Independent.
However, since his blistering start to the season, the goals have dried up for the man from Manchester. Cascarino blames this “deterioration” of the player to Mourinho’s taking the striker out of the firing line.
“Last year he was absolutely sensational at the end of the season for United and now I am looking at a young lad that has been given a new deal, but been taken out of the firing line, not playing much football now.” Cascarino added.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal: Marcus Rashford expected to start
United will miss the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday when they host Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Swedish striker is suspended from the encounter after reaching his yellow-card limit.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with club captain Wayne Rooney. The Englishman’s early morning celebration after England’s victory over Scotland, last week disappointed the former Real Madrid gaffer.
This has opened an opportunity for Rashford to start against Arsenal. The last time the teenage striker started against the Gunners, it was his Premier League debut. He scored twice on the special occasion.
The Old Trafford faithful’s will be expecting a similar performance from the player on Saturday.
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