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More shots than Haaland: Manchester United star is just not clinical enough

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been struggling for form this season and needs to become more ruthless.

This has not been the start to the season Marcus Rashford wanted for Manchester United, with the forward’s inconsistent form reflective of the team’s.

Rashford’s struggles have not been for a lack of determination on his part, but he appears to be lacking confidence and a killer touch.

Manchester United are getting Rashford into positions in the final third, he just hasn’t taken them.

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Marcus Rashford goal struggles

Last season Marcus Rashford scored 30 goals in all competitions. This season he has only one goal.

For context, Scott McTominay scored more goals in injury-time in Saturday’s win over Brentford than Rashford has all season.


Rashford’s one goal came more than a month ago in Manchester United’s defeat at Arsenal, now making it six consecutive starts in all competitions without scoring.

Rashford has taken more shots than Haaland

In the Premier League this season, per FBRef, Marcus Rashford has taken more shots at goal than any other player.

Rashford has taken 31 shots at goal, with City striker Erling Haaland second with 30.

The difference is Haaland has scored eight goals to Rashford’s one. Seven of Haaland’s goals have come from open play.

15 of Haaland’s 30 shots have been on target, 50 per cent, while only seven of Rashford’s 31 shots have been on target, a paltry 22 per cent.

Is Haaland getting the ball in better positions to take his shots? Probably. City’s attack is more cohesive as a whole, with United scoring only nine times in eight Premier League games.

So there is likely an element of desperation in Rashford’s play as he tries to make things happen. A lack of goals means he is feeling the pressure, and perhaps just needs to stop trying to force it. When he does get chances, he needs to take them.

Hopefully he can score for England during the international break and return to Carrington with renewed confidence.

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