Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford was criticized for his ‘pressing’ against Luton Town on Sunday.
While Erik ten Hag’s side left Kenilworth Road with all three points, the narrow 2-1 win and some of the individual performances highlighted where Man United will have to improve if they are to get close to Aston Villa and Tottenham above them. .
An individual moment circulated on social media, which showed Rashford trying to deny Luton’s Ross Barkley as he attempted to advance up the pitch late in the game.
With Barkley in possession, Rashford pressed, but still kept a reasonable distance from the former Chelsea player, without even making a tackle to win the ball back.
When the 30-year-old midfielder found he could not round Rashford to the forward’s right, Barkley dropped back and took him to the 26-year-old’s left, where he was able to round the Man United man.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford criticized for his ‘pressure’ against Luton Town
Clip of Rashford trying to close down Luton’s Ross Barkley goes viral on social media
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While the whole process killed valuable seconds as Luton desperately sought a late equalizer against Man United, it did not impress Man United fans as Barkley was able to comfortably maneuver around him without feeling any pressure.
A clip was shared on X (formerly Twitter) with the joking caption: “Upper pressure from Rashford.” I don’t know how Ross Barkley managed to tour him.
“I’d trade it for a bag of strawberry chocolates,” one user wrote in response to Rashford’s video, while another said: “A Jaffa cake would be a better distraction for Barkley than Rashford.”
One user said: “If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny.” The state of that,” while another added: “Broooo Rashford looked like what I don’t know.”
A fifth said Rashford “trusts his teammates” but accompanied it with a rolling laughing emoji.
Rasmus Hojlund made the difference at Kenilworth Road, opening the scoring inside 40 seconds, before being in the right place to chest in an “outrageous” goal moments later.
The Dane insisted he intended to score that goal, despite some claiming it was an accident that caused the ball to go into the net.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Yes (I meant it). I saw my body. To be fair, I was surprised it was such a good goal. I’m trying to train like this.
Rasmus Hojlund extended his scoring streak to six games with a brace for Luton Town
Hojlund’s early goal made him the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games, 14 days after his 21st birthday. incomparable Joe WillockThe previous record of 21 years and 272 days.
Manchester United will host Fulham in the Premier League next Saturday.