Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has targeted Marcus Rashford despite the striker’s absence as Ralf Rangnick’s side beat Brentford 3-0 at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford was slammed by Roy Keane after Manchester United’s Premier League win over Brentford, despite the England striker’s absence from the game.
Rashford was an unused substitute for the 3-0 win, courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ opener, a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and Raphael Varane’s first goal for the club. Edinson Cavani came on in a late attacking change, but Rashford remained on the bench.
Former United captain Keane was in the studio for Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage, running the rule on his former club. While United put in one of their best recent performances in Ralf Rangnick’s last home game, the Irishman was still aiming for United’s number 10.
“He seems to lack confidence,” Keane said of the 24-year-old. “I come back, I think he took his eyes off the ball, with all his stuff off the pitch.
“He has that experience, but he doesn’t mix up his game. Even when he plays in the middle, I said he plays like a kid [against Liverpool ].
“It’s like he didn’t learn from the game. I think he lost the eye of the tiger and he’s struggling to get it back. I think the hunger, he needs to get the hunger back and running errands like Elanga tonight. Rashford lost that hunger which is huge for a player.”
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Rashford is understood to be intent on winning back his starting spot at United despite a difficult season. He has scored just five goals for United since returning from injury in October, with the last of those goals coming in January.
New manager Erik ten Hag is expected to give the England international a chance to resurrect his club career. The Dutch boss is set to take over from caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick ahead of the 2022-23 season.
With Rashford on the sidelines, Rangnick often preferred to use Anthony Elanga in a broad attacking role. The youngster got an assist for Fernandes’ goal and was praised by the caretaker boss after the win.
Rangnick also suggested there would be a lot of upheaval over the summer. A number of United players are out of contract, including Paul Pogba and Juan Mata, while there could also be sales.
“So far we haven’t been able to talk,” Rangnick said when asked about his conversations with Ten Hag. “Erik’s goal is to win the Dutch league, we focus on our games.
“Obviously quite a few players will leave and there is a need for high quality players. I firmly believe that if everyone works together we can get Man Utd back to where we need to be.”