Date published: Saturday 31st October 2020 12:09
Paul Merson believes that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should rest in-form forward Marcus Rashford and bring him off the bench as a super-sub against Arsenal.
Rashford has scored seven goals this season – including a hat-trick in midweek – but Merson is convinced that he is only really effective late in games.
Anthony Martial’s suspension means that Rashford is likely to start up front against Arsenal but Merson is not convinced that is the best plan. He is wrong of course.
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He told the Daily Star: “When he [Rashford] starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.
“But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.
“He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton.
“He scored in the last minute against Newcastle. He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders.
“Maybe United should experiment with that.
“Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.
“Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super-sub. He’s an England international.
“But I think he needs a rest and playing a few games off the bench might actually do him some good in the long run.”
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