Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan thinks “it’s silly” to suggest Man Utd star Marcus Rashford is a “world-class” talent despite his “ridiculous form”.
It initially looked like Rashford would leave the Red Devils during the summer transfer window after he struggled during the 2021/22 campaign.
The Englishman was linked with Ligue 1 giants PSG but he ended up staying at Man Utd. He was afforded a fresh start under Erik ten Hag and he has thrived this season.
Rashford is arguably in the form of his life at the moment and he has been one of the best players in the Premier League this term. He has grabbed 22 goals and eight assists in his 35 outings across all competitions.
The forward was impressive once again on Thursday night as Man Utd drew 2-2 against Barcelona in the Europa League playoffs. He scored United’s first goal and one of his crosses was later diverted into the net by Jules Kounde for an own goal.
Speaking after this draw, Jordan has rubbished suggestions that Rashford is a “world-class” player.
“Rashford is in a ridiculous vein of form,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“What I’ve always pushed back against is the characterisation that he is a world-class player and he’s in an elite position.
“He’s a very good player, you don’t get to play for Manchester United – whatever guise of Manchester United is in front of you – unless you are a very good player.
“He’s in a rich vein of form, a remarkable state of mind, even the goal he scored the other day which was disallowed was so sharp – bang – and it’s in the back of the net.
“You can see in a player that their confidence is brimming, but confidence and moments in time are one thing. A body of work and a constant level of containment puts you above everybody else.
“That’s the usage of the word ‘world-class’ – we throw it around like confetti. There are very few world-class players, you can name them on two hands.
“At this moment in time, while Marcus Rashford’s form is extraordinarily good, I think it’s a bit silly to call him world-class. At this moment he’s on top of his game, that’s a fair enough assessment.”
Red Devils boss Ten Hag was quick to praise Rashford after their game against Barcelona.
“Of course, I will credit Rashford definitely because he is in great form, but the whole team did well. I think it was a really good team performance.
“It’s not only about Wout [Weghorst], but he did well in that position. But it gives a lot of variation but also I want Jadon [Sancho] and Bruno [Fernandes] getting in the half-spaces and get them on the ball and also make runs from deep.
“With the full-backs joining in we had a lot of chance and a lot of opportunities and we should have won this game.”
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