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Manchester United legend Keane knew Rashford couldn’t handle Arsenal

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Roy Keane thinks Marcus Rashford is feeling the pressure at Manchester United and is concerned about the forward’s progress.

Rashford started Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford, but was not as his best as the hosts struggled to create chances against Unai Emery’s men.

The departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have left the burden of goalscoring on the 21-year-old’s shoulders.

Even boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that United will be in the market for a new striker in the January transfer window.

Keane, speaking ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal, says Rashford has failed to deal with the pressure placed on him.

“I think [Marcus Rashford] would appreciate the honesty from the manager,” Keane said on Sky Sports. “I think if you’re a striker at Man Utd, even he knows, they need some more options.

“I think the pressure has got to Rashford a little bit. I think there is a lot of pressure on him to become the main striker at Man Utd and some people don’t like being the main man.

“I think he probably enjoyed when Lukaku was there and he was in the background and he can play off these people.

“He’s not really answered that question in terms of ‘can he be the main man?’.

“He goes off injured last week, he’s fit this week, I’m always wary about that. But he knows that Man Utd need more options going forward.”

Fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher added: “I think Rashford’s a really good player but the players I’ve mentioned there, certainly the two I played with as young players, I don’t think he’s that type of goalscorer.

“I think he’s a massive threat – you wouldn’t want to play against him – but Man United have a massive problem scoring goals at this moment and if he doesn’t start scoring quickly, United will buy a centre-forward and Rashford will move. He won’t necessarily move out of the team, as such, but he will move to the side.”

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