Garth Crooks digs out Manchester United star for taking ‘day off’ against Arsenal

Les Ferdinand and Garth Crooks attend the Black Entertainment Television launch party at the Cafe de Paris on March 1, 2008 in London, England.
Crooks was unimpressed with Rashford (Picture: Getty/WireImage)

Garth Crooks is concerned by Manchester United’s ‘serious consistency problem’ after their latest defeat to Arsenal and suggested Marcus Rashford had taken the ‘day off’.

United were far from their best in a 1-0 defeat to Mikel Arteta’s side at Old Trafford, with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty enough to secure three points for the visitors.

Strike duo Rashford and Mason Greenwood hardly had a sniff during their time on the pitch, while Edinson Cavani struggled to make an impact off the bench as Manchester United looked limp in attack.

But it was Rashford’s performance that concerned Crooks the most and the former Spurs and United striker reminded him that he can’t take the ‘afternoon off’ when playing for such a big club.

‘United have a serious consistency problem,’ Crooks told BBC Sport.

‘Mason Greenwood was substituted and walked off the pitch looking as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had committed a crime.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Rashford wasn’t at his best (Picture: Getty)

‘Paul Pogba has so much more to give but can’t seem to find it to give.

‘And Marcus Rashford, one of my favourite players, performed as if he had been given the afternoon off.

‘Sorry Marcus, there are no days off when you play for Manchester United.’

While United were poor, Crooks was impressed by Arsenal’s defensive setup and singled out Gabriel Magalhaes for special praise.

‘Sunday’s win at Manchester United was one of the best Arsenal performances I’ve seen for some time,’ he added.

‘I criticised Mikel Arteta the last time he was in Manchester for playing a team without a recognised centre-forward. Not so at Old Trafford.

‘The Arsenal manager laid his stall out perfectly and restricted United to a handful of chances. Gabriel was at the heart of an outstanding defensive display by the Gunners.’

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