When you talk to people who know Marcus Rashford, you’ll hear them admit the Manchester United attacker has a confidence problem.
It stems from the steady drip of concerns that have crept into his game over the last few of seasons, worries that are currently not being alleviated by a steady stream of goals.
Top-level professionals were left scratching their heads after his poor performance in United’s 1-0 FA Cup win against Aston Villa on Monday.
“He looks disheartened,” added former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin during the same broadcast. “I haven’t seen him smile in a long time.”
Rashford’s early efforts drove him to Euro 2016 and the start of an England career that has seen him gain 46 caps and three major tournament appearances.
His last two full seasons at United have been particularly fruitful, with 43 goals bringing his total record to 88 at the end of the previous campaign.