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Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has slammed Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood’s work rate in a scathing rant about Manchester United’s current struggles. Carragher believes Ralf Rangnick won’t be a short-term fix if his players continue to show an ’embarrassing’ level of commitment.
United haven’t enjoyed a typical ‘new manager bounce’ under Rangnick due to blatant difficulties to adapt to the German’s demands.
The Red Devils’ work rate has been criticised throughout their torrid Premier League season so far, which contributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
They currently sit seventh, six points outside of the top four, and Rangnick is under pressure to ensure the club doesn’t miss out on Champions League qualification.
But Carragher believes United’s younger players, particularly in attack, should be pulling their weight around more to help the transition.
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In his latest Telegraph column, Carragher tore into the United duo for their work rate compared to other attackers in the Premier League.
He wrote: “Those who you would have imagined to embrace a high energy game [under Ralf Rangnick] – such as Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood – are doing nowhere near enough.
“They are young lads who should be leaving everything on the pitch, vibrant with the ball and relentless in their running off it.
“Compare their work rate with Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden or Mason Mount, and it is embarrassing. They have to look at themselves.
“Instead, I am getting fed up with the excuses made on Rashford’s behalf by his PR team, especially spinning a version of events to get sympathy. How about just playing better instead?
“It is staggering that, at 34, Edinson Cavinson is doing so much more than his younger, attacking teammates, averaging 11.7 km per game.
“That’s second only to Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino as the hardest working forward in the Premier League.
“Rashford (9.9km) and Greenwood (9.8km) are 44th and 46th on that list. The numbers are damning in demonstrating the underlying issue Rangnick is dealing with at United.”
Rangnick’s side are faced with three tough league fixtures to round off January, starting with a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.
United will then travel to Brentford before hosting top-four rivals West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Stats don’t lie, and Rashford and Greenwood’s distance compared to other forwards in the top-flight is damning, especially under a manager whose philosophy is based on hard work on and off the ball.
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