Merson: Here is why Marcus Rashford should not start against Arsenal

Merson: Here is why Marcus Rashford should not start against Arsenal

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start Marcus Rashford from the bench when they take on Mikel Arteta's men this Sunday. 

Merson believes Rashford is more effective when he comes off the bench rather than when he is handed a starting role. The England international has been in fine form for the Red Devils in recent matches, scoring the winner against PSG in the Champions League before he grabbed a hat-trick in his side's 5-0 victory over Leipzig. 

"Marcus Rashford is the perfect super-sub and should start on the bench for Manchester United this weekend," he said. 

"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should use him more often like that because the stats show that’s where he can sometimes be most dangerous. When he starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult. But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes!

"If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story. He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton. He scored in the last minute against Newcastle. He scored with three minutes to go against Paris Saint-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders. Maybe United should experiment with that. Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day."

"Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super sub. He’s an England international. But I think he needs a rest and playing a few games off the bench might actually do him some good in the long run. The rest of United’s bench is not changing a game for Solskjaer. But Rashford can. And there’s no better feeling as a manager than having a weapon like that to bring on. Rashford is a better player when the game opens up and there’s space to burst into. But United can’t open games up from the start because they’re not good enough defensively. ‘You’ve got to have players who will tire out defenders so that when Rashford comes on those defenders will be on their knees. Anthony Martial can do that. So could Mason Greenwood. What Rashford’s done lately off the pitch with the campaign to feed hungry kids is absolutely phenomenal."

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