Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes that Marcus Rashford was angry at manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being dropped from the first-team squad against Tottenham Hotspur.
Having endured a stinging defeat against Liverpool, the Red Devils have bounced back excellently by defeating Spurs away from home. The 24-years-old started the game on the bench as Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani led the line for Solskjaer’s side in a 3-5-2 formation.
Ronaldo scored the opener for the Old Trafford outfit before creating the second for Cavani in the second half. The English forward replaced the Portuguese superstar on the 71st-minute and sealed the victory for Manchester United by adding the third.
After scoring United’s third goal on the night, the Englishman did not smile and kicked the ball into the stands behind the goal and ran toward the corner flag. On this matter, speaking on a TV show the former Red Devils midfielder claimed that Rashford was angry at Solskjaer and the forward’s reaction clearly showed it. Hargreaves said:
“I think you could see that in his celebration, he was fuming. But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense. He [Solskjaer] is never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season. He probably deserved to start sooner.”
Will Solskjaer start Rashford on the bench from now on?
Manchester United have displayed poor defensive performances this season as they have conceded 21 goals in 14 games in all competitions. After enduring five goals thrashing against Liverpool, Solskjaer decided to go with a more pragmatic approach by deploying a 3-5-2 system against Tottenham.
This formation allowed the Norwegian boss to use two veteran forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani simultaneously. On the other hand, this system forced Solskjaer to keep Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho out of the first eleven.
Although Manchester United looked solid and well structured in this system, the question mark about the future of many Red Devils forwards have already been raised if Solskjaer persists with this formation.
Former United defender Gary Neville has already warned Sancho about facing a similar situation like Donny Van De Beek if the England International continues to showcase poor display for Manchester United.
So, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and how he will go with his team if the Red Devils hierarchy keep on giving chances to the Norwegian manager.