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Gary Neville Was Not Happy With Jamie Carragher's Comments About Marcus Rashford

Gary Neville Was Not Happy With Jamie Carragher's Comments About Marcus Rashford
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Erik ten Hag has already gotten to work at Manchester United.

The Dutchman has attended meetings, went to their game against Crystal Palace, and introduced himself to the media. Now, the real graft behind the scenes is set to begin.

The club are sure to be in the market for a number of players this summer, with a striker and central midfielder set to be a priority. Ten Hag will be tasked with getting the most out of any new signings brought to Old Trafford, but a perhaps even larger remit in the months ahead will be to get the players currently in the squad back to their best.

Marcus Rashford will be chief amongst them.

The Englishman had an absolutely disastrous campaign, finding himself well down the pecking order after the arrival of Ralf Rangnick. His playing time was well short of what he would have wanted, but it must also be said that he hardly made the biggest impact during the opportunities he was given.

Rashford often looked like he did not want to put in the hard yards, strolling around the pitch. He certainly lacked as though he lacked both confidence and basic effort at times.

Where has it all gone wrong for such a promising young player? Gary Neville believes there are a number of possible reasons.

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Speaking on The Overlap, the Sky Sports pundit said that the toxic nature of the Manchester United dressing room and his off the pitch commitments had taken their toll on the player.

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I think ten Hag will look at Rashford and think 'he's a project I can work with, he's quick, he runs, he's someone I can work with'...

I think with Rashford it's a combination of the disease that's been in the United dressing room this season, the confidence of every single player, the media scrutiny including ourselves on television.

There is no doubt that the mass campaigns that he has had off the pitch, which to be fair have achieved more than he has on the pitch, must take its toll...

He's paid to be a Manchester United football player and he's got almost a second job. It's a job that's giving him far greater reward, he's achieving unbelievable things. That's a massive pressure as well on a kid, to live up to the man that is Marcus Rashford.

Rashford has certainly looked jaded over the last 12 months or so.

Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher disagree over Marcus Rashford

However, Jamie Carragher has a much more simple explanation for the player's form. He believes that he's simply not good enough for a club that wants to compete at the highest level.

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The former Liverpool defender feels that Marcus Rashford cannot be an integral player for a side that has ambitions of winning the league or Champions League, a comment that did not go down well with Neville.

Carragher: He's just not quite good enough for Manchester United, that's all it is. That's it. He's not quite good enough for Man United.

Neville: He's proven he's good enough.

Carragher: He's not going to win you the league or the Champions League.

Neville: I'm not going to let him get away with that.

Carragher: The other two up front with him would have to be mega stars and he would be the addition.

Neville: It's really important to say that. It's like saying Divock Origi isn't good enough for Liverpool, or Shaqiri isn't good enough for Liverpool.

Carragher: They're not, I'm talking about the first XI. Is he a squad player?

Neville: You have a squad of 20 (players).

Carragher: Fine then, he can be a squad player. He's not good enough to be in the first XI to win Manchester United the big trophies. He's a level below that.

Rashford certainly has not progressed in his career the way many would have hoped. The lack of top level coaching at Manchester United in recent seasons no doubt played a part in that, but the player himself has fallen short on too many occasions.

There is an argument to be made that he would have been let go already had he not been a youngster that graduated through the academy. The 24-year old does seem to be treated much more favourably by the fans as a result of his status as a 'local lad'.

He is now well down the pecking order at both club and international level, something he hopes will change under Erik ten Hag. If he does not quickly improve, his days at Manchester United could already be coming to an end.

SEE ALSO: Neville & Carragher Argue Over Favourites Tag Ahead Of Champions League Final

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