Roy Keane has one simple and effective solution for Marcus Rashford but wonders if anyone at Man United will do it

Roy Keane told someone at Manchester United to give Marcus Rashford a ‘good old fashioned kick in the ass’.

Rashford is in the midst of a disappointing campaign at United where he has scored just eight times all season and has struggled to find form.


Rashford has been criticized for United this seasonCredit: Getty

Perhaps what disappointed United fans the most was that the 26-year-old looked like one of the best players in the world last season when he scored a career-best 30 in all competitions .

Among those angered by Rashford’s dip in form, United legend Keane was discussing the striker with Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, Jill Scott and Gary Neville.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, Keane said: “There’s no question mark about his ability. He’s exceptional – but there’s something wrong with him.

“We’ve had these conversations every few months – a player may have a bad pass or a dive, but he’s certainly not enjoying his football.

“I wouldn’t say I’m worried about him, but you look at him and there’s something wrong.”

Keane then wondered if his family members, teammates or even his boss gave him the dose of reality or tough love that he felt was necessary given that there are big personalities and players who have won top honors at United.

“Who gives him an old-fashioned kick and says, ‘Come on, we need more from you.’ If you want to be that leader and you have big contracts, then there’s that responsibility.

“I don’t think that’s happening, I don’t think there’s anyone on his case.”

Keane thinks Rashford needs a 'helping hand' from those close to him


Keane thinks Rashford needs a ‘helping hand’ from those close to himCredit: Stick to Football
Rashford has scored three goals in his last four appearances


Rashford has scored three goals in his last four appearancesCredit: Getty

Keane, as a United fan, wants to see Rashford succeed and stressed he can help himself too. “That doesn’t mean he can’t still produce and start running a little more. He’s been at the club for a long time, since he was a kid.”

Rashford was dropped earlier in the season for enjoying a trip to Belfast ahead of an FA Cup tie and missing a training session as a result.

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He was heavily criticized for enjoying a night out after a Manchester derby in October but told people they should not doubt his commitment ahead of the second clash against City in March where he scored after admitting his mistakes.

He followed that up with another goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-final before striking again in a 2–0 win.

The England international desperately needs a strong end to the season to help United finish in the top four, as well as convince England manager Gareth Southgate that he deserves a place in the Three Lions squad at the Euros .

United are next in action on Thursday evening at Stamford Bridge where they take on compatriots Chelsea.

Eight points separate them in the Premier League, with United sixth and the Blues 11th in a competition which once enjoyed enormous prestige but has declined in recent years.


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