Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has claimed it Marcus Rashford‘s poor form made him “very lucky to start so many games” last season.
Parker has also ruined widespread reports that nibbling injury problems contributed to Rashford’s loss of form in the second half of the campaign.
Although the broad man in the United States himself has confirmed that surgery is likely, Parker remains not convinced.
The former English fullback said: “I kept hearing he’s injured, he’s carrying this injury – a lot of rubbish.”
He continued: “If he carried injuries, the player would stop … because the teams are bigger now.”
Of Rashford’s prospects for next season, the ace in the Fergie era claimed: “He needs to prove he can play regularly for Manchester United because he was bad.”
It’s controversial, if not strange.
Parker seems to be in an extremely small minority of people who do not believe in the well-documented reports concerning Rashford’s persistent shoulder and ankle injuries.
The talented wide man seemed to lack sharpness and fluency for large parts of the calendar year and often seemed to play through severe discomfort.
Meanwhile, many United fans will no doubt remember Parker as an excellent defender who may have hit even greater heights, but for his own persistent back problems.
It seems to be curious short-sighted then for a former injured-tormented professional to be quite as loud on the subject of match fitness.
However, it is no news to the skilled of the Fergie era to have taken a strangely conflicting stance towards his former club.
Rashford seems to be in good company.
Hopefully he can avoid surgery and get back to the amazing form that made him such an integrated figure for club and country.