Manchester United coach issues very strong warning to Marcus Rashford
The Three Lions star has only scored once so far this season, in the surprise 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. He has been preferred to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has had to settle with substitute appearances of late.
But Sanderson believes the 1-0 win over Leicester on Thursday proved Rashford is not good enough to lead the line. She says it is time Ten Hag brought Ronaldo in from the cold.
Sanderson told talkSPORT: “Marcus Rashford, I love him dearly, all Manchester United fans do. But if anyone was at the game last night, because sometimes when you watch the game live and watch it back on the television, or you watch the highlights, it sometimes looks completely different
“Some people may think he had a good game but if you were at the game last night, for me, he can’t be leading the line. He can barely control the ball, the fundamental basics of football.
“Now he had a good game against Liverpool, he did well, but it’s not enough. You can’t just have one good game every so often.
“Like I said, I like Rashford. Cristiano Ronaldo being on the bench, it’s not because I’m his biggest super fan, but with the goals that he brings – it’s not all about high pressing all the time. You have to have the quality.”
Following the win over Liverpool, Ten Hag praised Rashford. And he hoped it was a positive step forward for the 24-year-old.
“I was persuaded of that from the first minute in pre-season,” Ten Hag stated. He pleased me, and I knew he was a fantastic talent and player even before he met me.
“He demonstrated in every training session that he is positive, has good energy, and was good in preseason.” I hope he continues to be positive and with his moves, he creates opportunities, the team creates chances for him, and he needs to believe that the team will do so.