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Manchester United: Alan Shearer slams Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as strikers draw blank at Bournemouth

Manchester United: Alan Shearer slams Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as strikers draw blank at Bournemouth

Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer has criticised Manchester United’s forwards in the wake of the team’s defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.

United crashed to a third league defeat in six games as Joshua King’s effort just before the interval gave the Cherries all three points, which brought the Red Devils’ run of three consecutive victories in all competitions to an end.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer was damning in his assessment of United’s attacking qualities, criticising Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial with both forwards drawing a blank as United came up short once again.

He said (via Daily Express): “I thought they were woeful going forward.

“They were chasing the game, particularly in the second half.

“You’ve got Martial and Rashford, both who you’re looking at to get you back into the game, and neither were in the box [on occasions], they can’t get the ball into the box because there’s nobody in the box. That made it easier for Bournemouth than it needed to be.”

Shearer is right to blast the attacking prowess of their strikers, with Martial and Rashford registering just two shots between them all afternoon.

In comparison, midfielder Fred had four of his own, while the United midfield – including Rashford – had a combined 12 shots on the Bournemouth goal, with just three of those on target.

Although, in fairness to the striking duo, it could be argued that United had an all-round frustrating afternoon, with the likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira posting passing success rates of 66% and 60% respectively – which may suggest that the strikers were bereft of quality service throughout the game.

That is in stark contrast to McTominay’s 82.4% rate against Chelsea on Wednesday evening – though given both of Rashford’s goals that night were from set-pieces, it seems United have been struggling to create from open play lately.

So while Shearer’s opinion seems fair, there are potentially further underlying problems for United to address.

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