Rio Ferdinand believes that Marcus Rashford is too inconsistent to be labelled ‘a world-class player’.
The Manchester United forward has endured a torrid campaign so far after scoring just two goals in 20 appearances this term.
Rashford is clearly a player of immense talent, but showing his undoubted quality on a regular basis has proven to be tricky during his career at Old Trafford, something that Ferdinand believes stops him from being compared with the best in the game.
Asked by on talkSPORT if Rashford is world class, Ferdinand told White And Jordan: “No, he’s not.
“He has world-class potential, but he’s not a world-class player. He’s not proved it enough.
“To be world-class you get to a level and you sustain it over a period of time but at the moment he comes in flurries.
“He has moments where he takes your breath away and does things that not many people on the planet can do and is great.”
Asked of local Man United players should take more responsibility, Ferdinand added: “Yeah, I certainly think you should take things more personally and then try and help that situation.
“I still catch myself and have to remind myself ‘he’s not a young kid anymore’, he’s an experienced player in that changing room who is looked at as a leader.
“If I was him, being at the club that long and with the status he’s got in the game, when the captaincy came up I’d be wanting to have that armband because I think he’s got the experience and the gravitas to do that.
“We can talk about if he’s world-class or not, but all of these players need to go out there and graft – that’s it.
“Wide players, irrelevant of ability, none of the players like Beckham, Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Valencia etc. – they didn’t want to be on the same side of the pitch as where the gaffer was because they would be drilled, chasing back and running after people.
“Before you talk about ability and getting crosses in and scoring and assisting, you chase that full-back up and down that pitch and you run him into the ground – then you can start playing your football.
“These fundamentals don’t seem to be there at the moment and that’s the crooks of it. No matter what level you play at – from grassroots and non-league up to the Premier League – the non-negotiable is working.”
Source: Talk Sport