Despite his sensational form at Old Trafford this season, Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has some words of wisdom for current Red Devils ace Marcus Rashford.
Despite his sensational form this season, Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has much more to offer.
According to Ferdinand, the England ace is not perfect, as there are still some situations in which Rashford makes it easy for opposing defenders. Last season was a letdown for the Red Devils star, but he has been in superb form under Erik ten Hag since club football resumed following the World Cup.
United’s number 10 scored his 13th goal in 15 appearances since the World Cup against Leeds on Sunday, as Ten Hag’s side won 2-0 at Elland Road. It continued his remarkable comeback after many feared his best days were behind him under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
Ferdinand has provided some advice to the Premier League’s top scorer, focusing on his movement as he strives to become a world-class player sooner rather than later.
“If I’m a defender sometimes I look at him and he can make it easy for defenders at some points in the game if he offered the threat in behind a bit more he’d get more joy to feet and become the threat in behind still,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE podcasts.
“If he gets the decision of whether to come long or short, he becomes an even worse player to play against.”
Rashford has already been quite the handful for opposition defenders this season, but Ferdinand feels that he needs to become more of a regular presence throughout the game instead of fleeting flashes of brilliance.
“I think there’s more of the dominance over 90 minutes that he can bring where he’s bringing other people into the game because you know he’s got the passing.
“We saw that last season, even when he was out of form there were still elements where you were saying ‘wow’. He can produce a pass and put people through on the goal if there are runners.
“Once he starts getting that synergy with other people in the team he’ll be able to pick out players more. He can take over a game.”
Rashford’s fine form needs to continue if United is to mount a serious title charge this season. The Red Devils currently sit third, just five points behind league leaders Arsenal.
However, Ten Hag’s side has played two games more than the Gunners who would extend their advantage to 11 points if they were to win both.