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In-form Man Utd hero ‘nothing like’ what they need as former star delivers brutal put-down

Casemiro and Marcus Rashford of Man Utd

Marcus Rashford has received some stinging criticism from former Man Utd player, Paul Parker, who believes the striker doesn’t do justice to those who came before him.

Rashford has been enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career after bouncing back from an underwhelming 2021-22 campaign. Back in the England squad, he has stood out for Erik ten Hag’s team.

However, Man Utd are in the market for a new centre-forward this summer. Having a new focal point up front would allow Rashford to shift out to the left wing.

There are debates about which role he is better in, but someone who is in no doubt is Paul Parker. According to the former Man Utd player, Rashford is ‘nothing like’ the great centre-forwards Man Utd have had in the past.

Parker told FutFanatico: “I just look at Rashford and get this feeling that he doesn’t do the former Man Utd strikers justice. He is nothing like what a good Man Utd centre-forward should be like.

“The way Man Utd are playing right now, they need a Mark Hughes type of striker. He would demand more from other players and to be honest, he would ruin Antony. Mark Hughes ruined Andrei Kanchelskis.

“Marcus Rashford isn’t like that… And you can’t mention him along with players like Mark Hughes, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a presence, which Rashford doesn’t have.

“Everyone is talking about Marcus Rashford but what he needs to do is to demand more from his teammates. But before that happens he needs to deliver 100% and sacrifice a lot, otherwise, he can’t get on people and tell them what to do.”

Rashford should be seen as success story

Rashford’s contract with Man Utd is due to expire at the end of next season, as things stand. The 25-year-old has generally been a success story since coming through the academy and breaking into the first team.

He has taken on plenty of responsibility this season, during which Cristiano Ronaldo has left, Anthony Martial has struggled with injuries and Wout Weghorst has not been up to standard.

TEAMtalk understands Martial could be sold by Man Utd this summer, when Weghorst will return to Burnley after his loan spell.

Therefore, Man Utd will need reinforcements in attack, but how it will affect Rashford remains to be seen.

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