Gary Neville: Marcus Rashford needs to improve his performances at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville has called on Marcus Rashford to improve his performances at Manchester United following his quiet start to the 2018/19 campaign.

The youngster started in the club’s only win of the season so far against Leicester City but failed to have an impact in the box.

He has been reduced to substitute appearances in defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, during which he struggled to offer any improvement to poor team performances.

Speaking earlier this week, Neville demanded Rashford to show more if he was to secure a place in the starting XI.

“I’ll be honest with you, Marcus Rashford hasn’t done that well in the games he’s played,” he said.

“I love Marcus Rashford, but you watch his performance against Brighton on Sunday, or in the other game, he’s not been that great.

“I can’t sit here and be objective and honestly say that any Manchester United player that Jose Mourinho’s not picked deserved to be in.”

Rashford has indeed struggled to make an impact this season. Then again, who hasn’t?

Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard – aside from a good first half against Spurs – have all likewise lacked potency going forward, with only one goal between them after three games. Luke Shaw has been the best player in every match so far, which says plenty about the bewildering start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Picking on Rashford, therefore, when there is a greater systemic problem under Jose Mourinho feels misplaced.

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