The 24-years-old has been enduring a torrid campaign this term, scoring five goals and notching up three assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.
The forward started the game against Atletico Madrid and failed to showcase his best once again before being taken off midway through the second half.
Speaking on BT Sports after the game, quoted by Stretty news, Owen stated that Rashford should simplify his game and work hard off the ball in order to regain his confidence. Owen said:
“There are things that you don’t even have to be good at to get a round of applause. To put in the hard yards. They make you feel better about yourself, and your confidence starts coming back. I think he needs to go back to the start. Even if you don’t play magic, you can still influence the game, easily.”
Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand echoed Owen’s word and added:
“I’ve not been around Marcus a lot. But I’d like to think that he’s sitting and watching these performances. Watching elements of his game. You need people around you… The tactical thing is different. They’re things that can be ironed out. But it’s like Michael was saying, it’s the intensity. Make it hard for your opponent.
“Go out there and if you’re playing left-wing, the right-back needs to come off sweating. Whether I produce a magic moment or not, he’s going to know he’ll have to work really hard to stay in this game and stay with me. Marcus physically is an absolute animal. Stripping it back to the basics. Do them really, really well. It ain’t just Marcus by the way. There’s a lot of players who need to look at certain aspects of their game to improve.”
Rashford has been struggling to showcase his best this season and his selfishness has also been the major aspect of his slump. The forward always eyes to magical moments whenever he gets the ball and most of the time he squanders good opportunities.
Meanwhile, his work rate without possession has also frustrated the Old Trafford faithful. Ralf Rangnick has been working on the team shape but, the 24-years-old has shown reluctance to track back his opponent which has cost the Red Devils defensively.
The pundits are pretty lenient when it comes to the English players. Despite struggling to showcase their best this season, Rashford and Maguire are continuously being defended, however, Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised heavily for the downfall in this season.
Manchester United are still in the Champions League and the tie against Atletico Madrid is in balance perfectly. So, the Red Devils still have a very good opportunity to qualify for the quarterfinals as the second leg will be played at Old Trafford.