Rashford 'could be AXED for Man United's clash against Brentford'

Marcus Rashford ‘could be AXED by Erik ten Hag for Man United’s clash against Brentford’ after his boss admitted the forward was ‘struggling’

  • Marcus Rashford has scored just one goal in nine appearances this season
  • Erik ten Hag ‘could drop the forward for Man United’s clash with Brentford’
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Man United striker Marcus Rashford reportedly could be dropped by Erik ten Hag for Saturday’s clash with Brentford.

After a career-best 30-goals in 2022-23, Rashford has scored just once in nine games so far this season, in a United side that have failed to live up to expectations.

The Red Devils sit 10th in the league after losing four of their opening seven games, while their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout rounds have taken a dent after losing their opening two group games. 

Rashford could now make way as Ten Hag looks for a solution, with the Sun reporting that Alejandro Garnacho or Anthony Martial could replace him on the left wing.

Martial came off the bench for the English striker in United’s last Premier League game, a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace, while Garnacho replaced him in the midweek 3-2 loss to Galatasaray. 

Marcus Rashford has struggled to match his impressive 2022-23 form this season

Man United boss Erik ten Hag ‘could drop the forward for Saturday’s clash with Brentford’

The Red Devils have lost four of their opening seven league games and sit bottom of their Champions League group

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Speaking ahead of the Brentford game, Ten Hag accepted that Rashford was not at his best but insisted things will get better.

‘It’s normal that you are not always right in the same levels,’ he said, ‘Everyone knows his qualities. We’ve seen he is getting in good positions.

‘He is struggling but it will pass. Everyone at United backs him, the whole team supports him and believes in him. I am sure with that it will change.

‘Strikers, when they don’t score for a moment, they need one goal, then they step over. It will come. The momentum will come and he will be on fire.’ 

It has been a gloomy start to the season for Ten Hag’s men, but new striker Rasmus Hojlund has given fans something to get excited about.

The 20-year-old has three goals in two UCL appearances since signing, and was named man of the match against Galatasaray despite being on the losing side. 

Fellow Dane and Brentford boss Thomas Frank was full of praise for the young forward, as he said on Friday: ‘I know he is not playing for Brentford, but I am Danish and I’m happy to see Danish players coming through and doing well.

‘I must say he was impressive against Galatasaray, two very good goals, he looks like he is in a very good place and hopefully we can keep him quiet on Saturday. 

Rasmus Hojlund has been a bright spark and scored twice against Galatasaray in the week

Thomas Frank said the 20-year-old was ‘in a very good place’ and hopes Brentford can keep him quiet


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