Rashford ´lacks killer instinct´ to lead Man Utd line, says Shearer

    According to Premier League record holder Alan Shearer, Marcus Rashford “lacks the killer instinct” to spearhead Manchester United’s attack.

    England international Rashford has scored two goals in two games since returning to the club after a World Cup break with a strike against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

    The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in 21 games this season, double his 32 appearances in all of last season and double the number of any United teammate this season.

    Rashford is on track for his best scoring campaign, but Shearer has urged Eric ten Hag to continue fielding a versatile striker on the flanks and to bring in a sharp new striker.

    “I think Marcus likes it more, he definitely looks better in this position. [on the left] we saw tonight,” Newcastle United great Shearer told Amazon Prime.

    “He was given a bit of freedom – if he wants to go in the middle from time to time, he can.

    “But when he has all this space to run into from the flank, he is better at it and he is very, very good at it.

    “As far as being a centre-forward, he lacks the killer instinct, that natural ability to think, ‘Yeah, I’m going to get there, I’m going to score two or three yards.’

    “But there is no doubt about his ability – he is a fantastic player.”

    Rashford has scored five goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season, already one more than last season and 12 short of his 2019/20 career best.

    Speaking after a 3-0 win over Forest that moved United up one point in the top four with a game in hand, Rashford said he was looking to improve on his previous high.

    However, former striker-turned-pundit Michael Owen agrees with Shearer’s view that United still need another new striker in the January window.

    “I feel like Rashford is a better left player, he will score a decent amount of goals every year,” Owen said.

    “But he won’t be Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney who scores over 30 goals in a season.

    “Obviously he is a huge asset to this football club, giving them something new, giving them speed, giving them directness.”

    United have scored 23 goals in 15 Premier League games this season, averaging 1.53 goals per game, only the 11th-best record in the division.

    Despite the fact that he took the victory over Forest, Ten Hag admitted after the match that he was not entirely satisfied with the performance of his team, and confirmed the need for a new striker.

    “That’s what I said in the dressing room, we should score more goals,” he said.

    “We created so many chances and it took us almost to the very end to score the third goal. We need to finish this game at an earlier moment.

    “We are looking for strikers, we are looking for a striker. It would be good because we will have a lot of games, every third day, and it’s hard.”

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