Michael Owen names one quality Man United striker Marcus Rashford lacks

Former Man United striker Michael Owen says Marcus Rashford lacks a clinical edge to be the club's leading striker

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Michael Owen
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen (Photo: BT Sport)

Michael Owen believes Marcus Rashford is lacking the “killer instinct” required to be Manchester United’s main centre-forward.

Rashford initially made a promising start to the Premier League season following two goals in a 4-0 victory over Chelsea FC at Old Trafford in their season opener.

The Manchester United striker hasn’t got on the score-sheet since that opening-weekend win to extend his goal drought to three games in the Premier League.

Rashford missed a second-half penalty in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side saw their unbeaten start to the season.

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Southampton last time out despite Rashford’s numerous attempts on Angus Gunn’s goal at St Mary’s.

Now, former Manchester United striker Owen has raised his concerns about Rashford’s lack of a “killer instinct”.

“I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving,” Owen said at the launch of his autobiography ‘Reboot’, as quoted by Metro. “I think it is overall performance, chipping in with goals, assists, everything.

“He is a better all round player than me. He has a great touch and all round skill that I never had, but he hasn’t got the killer instinct that I had. I was just obsessed.

“Players like Robbie Fowler, Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”

Owen went on to express his doubts that Rashford would be able to develop a killer instinct given it’s a quality that comes automatically to most top strikers.

“You can definitely improve your finishing, but I don’t think you can improve your instinct and I don’t think you can improve the way you are made,” Owen added.

“I know Rashford was never a centre forward as a kid. He always wanted to play wide or as a number 10 and I know his coaches at the Man Utd academy were always encouraging him to follow the ball in, get tap ins and get into the box, be a goalscorer.

“It was never really his desire. He was always outside the box, great touch and everything else.

“He will always score a decent number of goals and he is an absolutely wonderfully talented player, but when you mention Aguero, that cold-blooded constantly thinking about goals, I don’t think [he’s got that].”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Leicester City next Saturday.

The Red Devils have collected five points from their opening four Premier League games of the season.

Manchester United are looking to improve upon their sixth-placed finish last term.

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