Manchester United are currently on a two-week hiatus. The international break is in full flow. Things come back with a bang next weekend when the Red Devils head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
The game itself is going to be an eagerly anticipated encounter. Maurizio Sarri’s men are flying, Jose Mourinho will be hoping to return to the blue part of London and getting one over on his former employers.
Before that, though, another ex-Blue, Vinnie Jones, has launched a scathing attack on United’s Marcus Rashford. The young man missed a big opportunity for England during their 0-0 draw with Croatia, but the former Wimbledon man just couldn’t help himself…
“You cannot keep missing like he’s missing, you’ve got to start putting these chances in the back of the onion bag. Because at the end of the day the players are going to start.” Jones told talkSPORT, per the Manchester Evening News.
“Little rumours and they will start taking the mickey. Wimbledon, Chelsea, those teams I was in, we would have started taking the mickey by now. He’s had enough chances, how many chances does the top calibre get? Messi, Ronaldo, they are top quality strikers.”
“When Rashford came on the scene I thought he was going to be the real deal, but he seems to have levelled out and I wish had gone on and gone through that barrier to be an unbelievable player.
“He does everything right, until the end.
“So what that he’s only 20? If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. If you can’t score you start getting a bit of stick and players will be getting irritated because there was a good win on the table there against Croatia and he didn’t take one chance.”
Jones reckons that Rashford has levelled out. Back in his day, players would have apparently started taking the p**s out of Rashford after missing a few chances. Honestly, his point is all well and good until you look at Jones’ Wikipedia page and realise that his discography is longer than his footballing honours list.
Frankly put, Rashford has more talent in his little finger than Jones ever had. He’s a young man who is still learning the game and honing his talents. He goes on to compare the Wythenshawe-born forward to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. These are the two best players who have ever lived, playing in their prime. Rashford is 20. 20!
Sure, he’s going through somewhat of a rough spell, but he’ll come out of it. It was only a few months ago when the fans were begging Gareth Southgate to give him the nod over Raheem Sterling in the England starting XI. How quickly the media portrayal changes, eh?