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Ian Wright Explains How Marcus Rashford Isn't Playing Like A Number Nine

Ian Wright Explains How Marcus Rashford Isn't Playing Like A Number Nine

Marcus Rashford failed to impact Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday night and legendary Gunners' striker Ian Wright analysed what the England international needs to do better.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to play Rashford as a central striker in recent games, with Anthony Martial out injured and a lack of other options for the manager.

On Monday, against Arenal, the 21-year-old was far from his best. After the match legendary Arsenal striker Wright gave some expert analysis on the striker's performance.

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Speaking on Star Sports as a pundit Wright said, "For me here, he's got to do more. We're watching him walk into the box and he's just being engaged by the centre-half. He's got to do something to lose him somewhere along the way."

Wright explains what Rashford needs to do better. Images: Star Sports
Wright explains what Rashford needs to do better. Images: Star Sports

"Here... you've got to gamble if the ball's coming to you.

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"He does very well here but then, get it into him. He tried a bit of skill - I don't know what he's doing - and in the end he gives it away."

"There seems to be something not quite right, not clicking with him."

Wright's analysis continues. Image: Star Sports
Wright's analysis continues. Image: Star Sports

"He could have gone either way here. Make a move, to the back of him so you can move him, or to the front of him. There's only one place that ball can go.

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"At not stage did he look confident enough to get on the end of it and finish it."

It was the third game in a row that the academy graduate had failed to score in and, having scored from the penalty spot against Leicester City, he hasn't scored in open play since a brace against Chelsea on the opening day.

With United having sold Romelu Lukaku and loaned out Alexis Sanchez in the summer they need goals from Rashford, Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood and scoring goals is their biggest issue right now.

Ryan Sidle

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