Louis Saha gives advice to Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford
Louis Saha believes out-of-sorts Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford needs a bit of luck, as well as more competition, to drive himself to better things this season.
Rashford netted for England in their 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday night, but has only scored once from open play for United this season.
“I think he’s a terrific player but I think he’s been trying to figure out how to get luck rather than have a role model,” said Saha, speaking to Compare.Bet.
“There are other youngsters in the team who look at Rashford as the man they need to displace. We had Solskjaer, Tevez, Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Rooney, Giggsy; all those players could put me in the stands, so I had to work 10 times harder than what I thought was normal to get a place because those guys are that good and already proved that they are immense players because they had won trophies, whereas the current players have not yet proved themselves by winning trophies.
“It’s too much and I feel for Rashford because he should not be in this situation right now.”
Saha believes that United were right to let Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leave in the summer, even though it has left his former club short of striking options — and likely to go into the January transfer market when the window reopens.
“I think they were right to let the players leave,” he added.
“Definitely if they had expressed that they don’t want to remain there so you have to understand that it’s not just about economics but the main management, and if those guys don’t want to be there it’s not right for the spirit where they’re trying to build something new.
“This is really hard because those players [Lukaku and Sanchez] are not small players.
“They were very useful players so I think they are right in their actual decision to get the move that they wanted and they are happy, but the situation right now is obviously to replace those guys. You have to have replacements for competition.
“You have to have replacements because we want to score goals. The players that we have right now you could see that they could realistically score 10 to 15 goals, but is that enough?”