Roy Keane believes struggling Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has lost his “hunger” for the game and subsequently he has not “matured enough” at Old Trafford.
United have had a season to forget and Rashford similarly after being dropped for the 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday night. The 24-year-old’s form has drawn a huge question mark over his United future. Arsenal have been linked with the forward in recent weeks.
It it unlikely however that new boss Erik ten Hag will let the England man move on this summer without working with the former Premier League Academy Graduate of the Year (2019–20).
But the truth is Rashford has been nowhere near the player that he promised to be when he burst onto the Old Trafford scene in February 2016.
The England man has managed just five goals and two assists in 32 games in all competitions this season. And Ralf Rangnick dropped him to the bench against the Bees.
Rashford has not scored in the league since January despite being given opportunities by Rangnick in every position across the front three.
Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata were preferred against Brentford. And former United skipper Keane thinks Rashford has lost his desire.
“Whether it’s short on confidence, we’ve seen his quality before but we’ve not seen it for a year or two,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I think he’s taken his eye off the ball, whatever [it is] with his off-the-field stuff. Rashford has been around for a few years now, he’s got that experience and played international football.
“But it doesn’t look like he’s matured enough. We’ve seen a few games recently, when he was playing at Liverpool through the middle, I said he was playing like a child.
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“It’s as if he’s not learnt about the game. He’s drifting. He’s lost the hunger. These young players get a lot of money and good luck to them. But I think he’s lost the eye of the tiger and he’s struggling to get it back.”
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Rashford has done some remarkable work for underprivileged children during lockdown. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2020 after campaigning for free school meals. And he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Manchester October, 2021.
Keane added: “Wherever Manchester United want to go, Marcus is being left behind. He’s left out again tonight and he must be sitting on the bench going ‘where has it all gone wrong for me?’. He can get it back. He’s shown it before, but sometimes when you do lose it, it is hard to get it back.
“He’s got to get the hunger back into his game and make the runs like we’ve seen tonight from Elanga. Rashford has lost that bit of hunger, which is huge for a player. He is a talent but we’re not seeing it.”