MARCUS RASHFORD will never forget his first game against Arsenal.
This one, not so much.
3 Marcus Rashford suffered another frustrating night for Manchester United against ArsenalCredit: PA:Press Association
It was February 2016 when he made his Premier League debut against the Gunners.
He scored twice and provided the assist in a 3-2 win.
It followed on from his late call-up for the Europa League game at home to Midtjylland when Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up.
Rashford scored two that night.
In the space of three days he went from obscurity to being the name on every Manchester United fan’s lips.
Everyone thought he would be the answer up front.
Four years on there are more questions than answers.
Just what position is he best in? Wide? A No 10? One thing he certainly is not is a No 9.
Gareth Southgate said that during the last international break.
3 Rashford burst onto the scene in 2016 with two Prem debut goals vs Arsenal… but he has since struggled to live up to the hypeCredit: –
But Rashford, 21, did not impress the England boss on the left of a three, either.
After that 4-0 win over Bulgaria he was dropped for the next game.
In came Jadon Sancho, who scored twice and set up another in a 5-3 win over Kosovo.
Southgate described Rashford as a work in progress.
But how much progress has their really been?
In the last three seasons his goal return for United is 11, 13, 13.
He has scored only ONCE in open play in the last 16 games.
His preferred position is through the middle but he simply does not have a striker’s instinct.
Take last night when an early corner was headed back across the box to him. Yes, he saw the ball late because of the man in front of him but it still bounced off his knee and went wide.
When he was put through by Paul Pogba in the 42nd minute he had time and space but he looked unsure of what to do next.
He took an extra touch in the area, giving Sokratis time to get back and block his effort.
Jamie Vardy reaches the box and smashes it in.