0 dribbles, 11% duels won: Ten Hag needed to sub this consistently underperforming star vs Bournemouth


In their Premier League encounter against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, Manchester United once again made mistakes and were fortunate to come away with a point.

Erik ten Hag was spared more humiliation when the visiting squad, who were by far the more dominant team, had 20 shots to the Red Devils’ eight. Two great moments from captain Bruno Fernandes also helped.

With Casemiro straining to contain the opponent as the others all push high up and the backline sits back, it is obvious that the system is broken.

Marcus Rashford let his team down once more, but the manager might have done more with his strikers finding their best gear while the club was having trouble.

Rashford’s dismal form continues

In comparison to the previous season, when he scored thirty goals to secure a new contract, his play has drastically declined. Against the Cherries, he was unable to dribble even once due to obstacles or opposing defenders.

Once again, the Mancunian made little attempt to track back and did not contribute significantly to the team’s defensive efforts because he did not make any interceptions or clearances during the game.

According to statistics from Sofascore, the England international continued to lose all of his duels, winning just one ground duel in eight attempts and losing his only aerial battle.

The forward completed only 26 passes to end the game with 79 percent accuracy and had zero shots on target. Despite such a underwhelming display, Ten Hag kept him on hoping for a big moment from the academy graduate.

Rashford’s future unclear

Due to his error, Alejandro Garnacho gave Bournemouth the lead, but he did contribute to the equalizer and should have been starting over Rashford because of his more reliable play than his more famous colleague.

Rumor has it that INEOS is considering selling Rashford because of his off-field scandals, which have garnered more attention than his on-field accomplishments.

While inconsistencies are typical of a young player, Rashford is entering his prime at the age of 26, therefore he is no longer youthful. Additionally, he has been playing with a carefree attitude and letting go of even the smallest obstacle for far too long.

If the Englishman does not pull up his socks quickly, he may be heading out of the club as Paris Saint-Germain is snooping around.

 

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