Marcus Rashford MUST seize his opportunities if he wants to become Man United’s number 9, Robbie Mustoe claims as he says he doesn’t score ‘too often’ – with striker wasting in Spurs win after Erik ten Hag chose him over Cristiano Ronaldo
Marcus Rashford needs to be more clinical if he is to take charge for Manchester United, claims expert Robbie Mustoe.
The England international squandered a glorious first half of United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night and failed home last weekend to give the Red Devils all three points against Newcastle. He could have scored three against the Spurs, but scored none.
Erik ten Hag chose Rashford over Cristiano Ronaldo as his all-time striker for Spurs’ visit, but Mustoe believes he should take advantage of his opportunities to secure the No. 9 position in the team.
Marcus Rashford could have scored three goals against the Tottenham coach but ended up with none
Rashford needs to be more clinical to be Man United’s number 9, according to NBC’s Robbie Mustoe
Marcus Rashford, Marcus Rashford. If he’s going to be the number 9 everyone wants at Old Trafford, he’s got to take some risks,” Mustoe told NBC Sports.
He missed a late one against Newcastle on Sunday, a header he should have made, and he had the best chance of the first half not finding one of the corners again.
‘[Commentator] Lee Dixon talked about it, and I agree with him, that you have to hit one of those curves at that point and that’s happened too many times now.
“But otherwise United’s attacking play was quite good.”
The Ten Hag team finally broke through in the 47th minute with a thwarted attempt by Fred, with Bruno Fernandes doubling the lead 12 minutes later with a fine shot.
Despite only breaking the deadlock in the second half, Mustoe was full of praise for the attacking intention of the Red Devils.
“I think what you’re seeing right now is a fully committed attacking face from Manchester United,” he added.
Cristiano Ronaldo sat on the bench for Tottenham’s visit with Rashford selected to lead line
“This is what Ten Hag wants, I think, to eventually be up front, control possession, attack wide on both sides. We’ve seen that, I think it’s a great pace for their attacks.
“We all know what the problem is against the Spurs. Spurs are great at sucking things up and counterattacking and that’s what happened and will continue to happen.
“I just like that Old Trafford enjoys this, there is a good atmosphere and that is what Ten Hag wants.
“And maybe there are a few things that aren’t quite great, that’s okay, maybe they’ll adjust that in the market at some point. But I do like this look from Ten Hag United.’
United are fifth in the Premier League standings after beating Spurs, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.