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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have struggled this season

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There was something rather sad about the way Marcus Rashford struggled in Manchester United’s lethargic 1-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Monday.

At the end of the second half, he seemed to hold back from following a saved effort, which caused the Stretford End to groan. It just smelt of a player seemingly drained of confidence as much as anything else.

Against Wolves there was a shocking first touch when a chance appeared late to potentially save a point and an abyssal cross became a social media meme in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, with Rio Ferdinand recently suggesting that Rashford’s “body language” is a post.

Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Rashford should prioritize football and Paul Parker went much further. “If he [Rashford] can wake up and remember he’s a footballer rather than thinking he’s a politician, then that might work,” the former USA and England right-back said.

Firstly, it could be argued that being a driving force in improving the lives of vulnerable children is slightly more important than scoring against Norwich, but the idea that Rashford has been pushed back solely because of his work outside football is far from clear. be sure to be true.

Jadon Sancho didn’t take the government to task and yet he was just as awful.

Mason Greenwood isn’t setting the world on fire either and if Rashford’s ‘political’ work is to blame for his poor form then one can only assume that Bruno Fernandes has been to all the many Downing Street rallies because he was appalling.

If a striker is playing badly it might be worth investigating but most of them are struggling and it’s the consequence of a broken collective approach that Ralf Rangnick has struggled to mend since the substitution by Solskjaer.

Rashford’s behavior suggests he is sulking, as Ferdinand alluded to. However, every 90 minutes, according to fbref.com, he presses his opponents more than he did in the previous two seasons and well above average for successful presses and presses during his career.

Rashford’s confidence is down, possibly due to a recent shoulder injury and a missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout. That seems as plausible to me as any impact on the helps feed hungry children.

He topped the Premier League’s nutmeg charts in 2019-20 and 2020-21, but cheekiness isn’t quite what it used to be and he’s shooting less frequently, which is a long way off. to be ideal.

Rashford is averaging 2.71 shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League but has fallen to 1.79 this season, although his 17-goal comeback in 2019-20 could also be unique.

Maybe he’s just not an elite player, but whatever happens, it would be wrong to suggest that Rashford sticks to football.

Leipzig’s dreadful away run in the Bundesliga – they have been unsuccessful on the road since April – is set to end in Stuttgart.

The Red Bull-backed side have the second-best expected goals tally in Germany and Stuttgart are three games without a goal.

Best bet

RB Leipzig
1pt 8-13 bet365


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:45 PM, JANUARY 14, 2022