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Saha’s advice to the in-form Rashford: ‘Maybe don’t copy Ronaldo’

10 Jun 2022 | 15:05 | Football

Marcus Rashford (Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford (Getty Images)

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Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has urged Marcus Rashford not to try to copy Cristiano Ronaldo.

Instead, the Frenchman believes Rashford should take inspiration from some of United’s younger players to revive his play.

Rashford has had a disappointing season for United, scoring just five times and losing his place in the England team.

Having five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo with him in the ranks might make the place to look for motivation seem obvious, but Saha would advise the 24-year-old differently.

“I think he’s an excellent player. I love him,” Saha told PA news agency. “I really don’t understand why this is happening because this guy has it all.

“He has all the qualities. He has speed. He has arrogance, dribbles and can score goals.

“He needs to get back to the basics and, weird what I would say, but probably shouldn’t copy Cristiano Ronaldo, copy some of his other teammates who are young.

“You need to go back to young Rashford, having that simplicity of play and running the players, not thinking about whatever state he has or he has been given by the press or the entourage. . He suffered a lot because of that.”

Rashford is not alone in his struggles at United, as the side finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League after interim manager Ralf Rangnick was unable to reverse the poor form of his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There will be a fresh start at Old Trafford next season as former Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag takes over.

Saha, who is speaking after the release of the latest Fan Affinity Index, a report that analyzes the relationship between clubs and fans globally, said: everyone is disappointed.

“I think fans from around the world can see that the club has struggled in some way.

“The Premier League is a very, very tough league. There are no guarantees for any club, but at Man United they need investment; they need to clean up somehow.”

Saha, who scored 42 goals for United in 124 appearances between 2004-08 and played for other clubs, including Fulham and Everton, believes Ten Hag has at least made a good first impression.

He said: “I think he’s communicating well, that’s his strength, but it’s going to be on the pitch that we’ll really judge, so what I’m saying doesn’t make any sense at the moment,” he said. .

“He looks strong. He has a pedigree to do what we need in terms of generating some dynamics, but let’s see if he can deliver the results.”