Gary Neville ‘worried’ about Marcus Rashford

Manchester United icon turned pundit Gary Neville admits he’s ‘worried’ about Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford at the moment.

Neville has expressed concerns over Rashford’s body language, sensing that all might not be quite right with the England international.

Rashford has been far from consistent so far this term for Manchester United, and Neville fears he may no longer care about playing for the club he’s been at since the age of seven.

The forward was pretty much anonymous during his side’s 1-1 draw with Brentford at the weekend and has only managed to score seven goals in 28 Premier League appearances. A performance that prompted Roy Keane to say Rashford needed an ‘old-fashioned kick up the a***’

Speaking on Sky Bet’s latest Stick to Football episode, Neville said,

“I don’t know how to say this, but to me, there is something not right. He’s not right.

“And it’s not just a case that he’s not playing football well, he doesn’t look happy. And I’m looking at him thinking, I’m actually worried about him.

“You know when you watch a player and you think actually there’s something there. We know there’s obviously been a couple of incidents this season, we know he’s come under a bit of pressure and his form was bad. We know that.”

At the beginning of the year, the 26-year-old received a fine equivalent to two weeks’ wages for missing training following a night out in Belfast. Additionally, his mother recently disclosed that he has been grappling with the loss of both his cousin and a dear family friend.

Unsurprisingly, Keane was a little more blunt about the situation, saying: “There’s no question mark about his ability, he’s outstanding – but there’s something amiss with him. We’ve had these conversations every few months – a player can have an off-spell or a dip, but he’s certainly not enjoying his football.

“I wouldn’t say I’m worried about him, but you look at him and there’s something amiss. The people around him, whether it be family or his manager, who’s on his case every day. Who is giving him an old-fashioned kick up the arse and saying, “Come on, we need more from you.

“If you want to be this leader, and you’re on the big contracts, then there is that responsibility.

“I don’t think that is happening, I don’t think there is anybody on his case. That doesn’t mean to say he still can’t produce and start running a bit more. He’s been at the club a long time, since he was a kid.”

Rashford and Manchester United face Chelsea later today, a match they’ll need to win if they want to remain in the chase for a top four finish.

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