Marcus Rashford of Manchester United was criticised by Sky Sports analysts Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp for his goal celebration. Rashford’s celebration was deemed unappealing and unnecessary by both former Liverpool player Redknapp and United icon Keane, considering his inconsistent play.
At Old Trafford, the Red Devils and Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 in a Premier League match. Rasmus Hojlund gave them an early lead in the third minute, but Richarlison tied the score in the 19th.
The hosts took a second lead in the game when Rashford produced a crisp finish in the 40th minute. Spurs, on the other hand, controlled the second half and equalised early in the 46th minute with a goal.
Rashford made fun of his detractors for talking too much when he celebrated the goal by waving his hand in the air. The “yap yap” celebration, which makes fun of critics, came under fire this season because of Marcus Rashford’s inconsistent play.
In 26 games in all competitions, the 26-year-old has contributed four goals and six assists. Rashford was hailed by both the media and fans for finally reaching his enormous productive potential during the previous season. With 30 goals and 11 assists in 56 games, he helped United win the Carabao Cup.
Despite justifiable criticism on his inconsistencies, former United captain Roy Keane criticised Rashford’s celebration in an interview with Sky Sports (h/t @SkySportsPL/X). He declared:
“We need to see more of this [Rashford’s overall performance], since he has the ability and has demonstrated it in the past. Why is he acting like he’s angry with everyone? He made his game [today] simpler. He has undoubtedly been instructed to run in this game by his management and the coaching staff when we are in possession or in space.
When it was revealed that Rashford’s goal was his first at Old Trafford since May 2023, Redknapp sided with Keane and chastised the player. He continued, saying:
“He has no business being upset; he hasn’t done the business.” That is insufficient! Given his skill, he ought to be using it to twist people into new shapes.
“He’s got no right to be upset, he’s not done the business”
Jamie Redknapp and Roy Keane respond to Marcus Rashford’s celebration.
After being promoted from the esteemed Academy, Rashford spent nine seasons as a member of the senior Red Devil squad. The 26-year-old is an inconsistent player who has seen numerous changes in form despite his potential. This makes him an unreliable forward.
The England international has come under fire for his unoriginal actions and self-centered style of play, which renders him predictable. Despite his skill, he relies too much on cutting inside and shooting from the left rather than passing the ball to teammates.
Keane and Redknapp raised an excellent point regarding Rashford’s inconsistent play, which has prevented him from being a great player. Given that he is in the prime of his career, the 26-year-old must continue to deliver strong performances. Before Rashford can completely silence his detractors and refute their arguments, he still has a ways to go.