Simon Jordan thinks Marcus Rashford is overrated and ‘one dimensional’ as the striker enters new contract talks with Manchester United.
The 24-year-old England international appears to have been revived under new boss Erik ten Hag – who has scored three goals in his last four games – and the club are now preparing to offer Rashford a new deal as his current contract is next summer expires.
A tumultuous period follows for Rashford, who has struggled for form and fitness over the past 18 months and has even been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Despite his upswing in form, Jordan feels Rashford isn’t “as good as people make him out to be” and that United are just offering him a new deal to protect his fortune and win some money back lest he go free on the transfer.
Jordan told TalkSPORT: I don’t think he’s as good as people make him out to be. I also think it’s unfair to the boy.
“Obviously, to claim that he’s not a good player is a ridiculous argument. He plays for his country and probably the biggest club in the country.
“He’s done some very commendable things. But he’s not a global superstar.
“He’s not the best footballer to ever set foot on a pitch and he’s a little one-dimensional.
“He hasn’t done anything in the last two years… His attitude last season was bad.”
Rashford had a season to forget in 2021/22, scoring just five goals in 32 games as the club failed to qualify for the Champions League and finished sixth.
This campaign came right after the Euro 2020 final, in which Rashford missed a penalty in England’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy and was subsequently racially abused.
But Rashford has shown encouraging signs of a return to form in United’s recent games, scoring in the 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool and twice in the win over Arsenal as the Red Devils have four straight wins in the top flight scored .
Speaking about his player earlier in the week, Ten Hag said: “I see a happy Marcus Rashford and I see some phases in his game that we could improve and we’ve worked very hard with him on various aspects over the last two and a half months.
“He really likes it and wants to bring it onto the pitch and you can see that at that moment. It started with luck.
“He comes in every day, he enjoys it, he’s really smiling, with a really positive vibe, and when you put all those things together, like the way you play, you want to carry over different aspects of your game and you’re happy. You will contribute more to the team, to the performance and the result – and of course to your development.”
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