Updated most recently on December 28, 2022. from the Man Utd. section.
Marcus Rashford is active, productive, and having fun. According to two former England strikers, his impressive recent performance also demonstrates why he is not the striker Manchester United needs.
On Tuesday, Rashford led United to a convincing 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, but Alan Shearer and Michael Owen believe they need to add a "number nine" to balance out the 25-year-old's talent.
Christian Eriksen started a well-executed corner routine that Rashford finished off to score United's first goal against Forest. Anthony Martial was then set up to score United's second goal midway through the first half.
The England international played a little deeper on the left with Martial serving as the primary striker, which allowed him to move around the field and trouble the Forest defense.
According to Shearer on Amazon Prime, Marcus "enjoys it more, and he certainly looks better, in the position we saw tonight.".
"He's been given some latitude; if he wants to sometimes go down the middle, he can.
But he is a better player and extremely skilled at doing that when he has all that room to run into from out wide.
"In terms of him being a center forward, he lacks that killer instinct, that innate capacity to believe that "yeah, I'm going to get in there, I'm going to get the two or three yarders.".
He is a fantastic player, but there is no denying his talent. ".
Owen, a television analyst who works at Old Trafford as well, concurred with his former England strike partner.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward said, "I do feel that Rashford is better on the left, he will contribute a decent number of goals each year.
But he won't be like Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, or Ruud van Nistelrooy, who each score more than 30 goals annually.
"He is obviously a huge asset to this football team. He gives them something unique, pace, and directness. ".
Since Cristiano Ronaldo left by mutual consent prior to the World Cup, United's need for a new "out and out" striker has become more urgent.
The 27-year-old French striker Martial made a case for himself to be manager Erik ten Hag's primary striker with a respectable performance against Forest, but it still seems like he has had plenty of opportunities to prove his value to United over the course of eight seasons without ever being fully convincing.
Although the Dutchman, like Rashford, is thought to be more effective behind a frontman, Cody Gakpo of PSV Eindhoven has been a longtime target for United's attacking line, and it appears that Liverpool beat them to his signing.
Following the victory over Forest, Ten Hag acknowledged that getting another forward would be "good," but only if United's "sporting and financial criteria" were satisfied.
Shearer continued, "I'd definitely look to go into the market to see if they could find a centre-forward.".
But given that there are so many clubs looking for the player who can go out and score 25 goals a season, it's easier said than done. ".
If you include all the cups, Owen, who also had a brief stint at Old Trafford, continued, "Rashford should be getting 20 a season. If he receives 15, that would be a very good return for the league.
"However, I believe that Manchester United needs a number nine, whether it be Martial or someone else. ".
Under United interim manager Ralf Rangnick last season, Rashford struggled with his play, making only 23 appearances, scoring just twice, and rarely playing the full 90 minutes.
He has scored 10 goals for his club this season in 21 games, appearing revitalized under Ten Hag and playing with a smile once more.
Rashford told Amazon Prime, "I don't know if it is as good as I've ever been playing, but I'm definitely enjoying it.
Our level has been much higher, and we're winning a lot more football games. I'm pleased with how we're progressing and hope we can continue.
"This team is playing different football, and the mindset is completely different from last season.
"In my opinion, there is a different mindset when you are a substitute and are trying to make an impact because you are unsure of when you will get another opportunity or another goal.
However, I'm currently having fun with what I'm doing.