By Dave Marshall
Manchester United lost the FA Cup Final on Saturday to a spirited Chelsea side that were resolute for 95 minutes but United struggled to create clear-cut goalscoring chances to beat The Blues. The Red Devils were looking to win their third trophy under Jose Mourinho since he took over in 2016 but a first half goal by Eden Hazard proved to be the difference in the clash at the Wembley stadium.
A number of United players were below par, but fans reserved the brunt of their criticism for teenage English forward, Marcus Rashford.
The 20-year-old academy graduate started the game as United’s striker after Romelu Lukaku failed to prove his 100% match fitness ahead of the clash. However, Rashford struggled to justify why his manager trusted him to play the important game, as he delivered one of his worst games this term.
He huffed and puffed to no avail, consistently losing the ball to the opposition and lacking none of his quality that was expected to threaten the Chelsea backline. He failed to get in behind the defence and offered no threat before being substituted for Romelu Lukaku in the 73rd minute as United chased the equalizer.
Below are some of what United fans said about his performance.
I get that Rashford is only 20 but he's been shocking recently and he was terrible again today. Especially in the 1st half. Where's the player he was when he made his breakthrough? He looks ruined at the minute. #MUFC
— Dan Jones 🇾🇪 (@DanMUFC31) May 19, 2018
Rashford is no better than fuckin Welbeck #mufc
— Åłėx 🔴🇯🇲 (@redzdonUTD) May 19, 2018
Rather have Jones on corners than Rashford. #MUFC
— Abdullah Mulla (@AbzMulla6) May 19, 2018
Rashford needs to go out on loan for half a season to see if he regains confidence on a smaller team where he is guaranteed to start upfront. #mufc
— 〽️nny (@Mannysaurex) May 19, 2018
Loan Rashford to Norwich #Mufc
— HOOMAN (@Mursheiddd) May 19, 2018
No need of buy-back clause.
Keep Martial #mufc
— Hitesh (@hit4fun) May 19, 2018
I’d genuinely sell Rashford.
— Jaydn (@JaydnMUFC) May 19, 2018
United headed into the game as slight favorites after Chelsea’s recent slump but a number of the Chelsea players played the games of their lives, defending in numbers and had an inspired Thibaut Courtois to thank on many occasions. Rashford started the season well but tailed off at the middle of the campaign as Alexis Sanchez became first choice following his arrival from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
He has been named in the England squad for the World Cup, but to have an impact on the mundial, he must add consistency and intensity to his game.