Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves weigh in on Marcus Rashford debate

Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves weigh in on Marcus Rashford debate

Former Manchester United stars Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves have doubted Marcus Rashford‘s ability to lead the line for the club following his dismal display against Southampton.

The young Englishman played as a striker in the absence of Anthony Martial but it’s fair to say he failed to impress.

Rashford isn’t known for his clinical nature but he still let down fans as he missed chance after chance.

Much was made of United’s decision to allow Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without replacements but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed he believed in the academy product as well as Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Unfortunately none of the three are proven strikers at the highest level but there’s hope they can prove their critics wrong.

According to the Mirror, Hargreaves said: “It’s a shame because I love him as a player, I think he’s terrific, but they [United] need a No.9.

“Sanchez has gone, Lukaku has gone, they needed him to step up. Martial has really taken the No.9 shirt and been great.

“Rashford had a chance [against Southampton] and he didn’t take it. Is he going to be a No.9, is he going to play off the left? He didn’t capitalise.”

While Scholes said: “I think that’s the big question – what actually is he? And it’s the same with Greenwood, Martial, he’s similar.

“On that performance [against Southampton] he just didn’t look like a centre-forward. I don’t think you can judge it on one performance, he hasn’t played there a lot. He looks like the scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer to me.”

It’s actually a shame Rashford came for heavy criticism for one poor performance as he was actually outstanding this season otherwise.

The sensational attacker scored twice and assisted once so far in four matches so it’s tough to imagine a better record.

However, with keeping that in mind, it all came from Rashford playing as a left-winger so perhaps he could be better off sticking to that position.

He should certainly be given more opportunities to impress as a striker and Solskjaer will probably be forced to do so due to a lack of options so hopefully he’ll take his chances next time.

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