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Scholes reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson would deal with Rashford’s poor form

Paul Scholes believes Marcus Rashford looks ‘too anxious’ for Manchester United and says Sir Alex Ferguson would be urging him to ‘keep it simple’.

Rashford’s struggles continued on Wednesday as he delivered another poor display in United’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Ralf Rangnick is now facing calls from fans to drop Rashford ahead of their Premier League game with Watford this Saturday.

And Scholes feels Rashford’s desperation to make an impact is affecting his performances for the Red devils.

‘He looks too anxious for me, he looks like he is trying almost too hard,’ Scholes said on BT Sport.

‘Every time the ball comes to him he feels like he’s got to do produce something magical. That’s probably the worst thing you can do.

‘I always remember when going through a tough time the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] always said keep it simple. Just work your way back into the game. He doesn’t seem to be able to do that. He is always thinking he has got to produce something.

‘We saw him get the ball 35 yards out, we were saying, ‘no don’t shoot’, because you know he takes a touch and smacks it miles over the bar.

‘He’s just got to calm himself down, work himself into the game and his form, eventually, will come back. ‘I don’t think he needs video clips [of his best performances], he needs somebody on the pitch to tell him.

‘Work hard, when we’ve not got the ball you sprint back, you get back into position, it’s that simple.

‘I don’t think he didn’t work hard tonight, it’s the anxiety in him that he thought he needed to produce something.

‘But if he had [influential] players next to him, we look at these players, we’ve said for a long time there’s a lack of leadership in that team, Maguire’s the captain and he doesn’t really do it, these young players especially need telling all the time until you’re blue in the face, until they actually start doing it.

‘I remember coming into the team and you had Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister behind me, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, they are on to you until you do it every time without being told.

‘Remember us playing with Nani as a right winger… the amount of times he’d just stay out there [on the wing]. And you just tell him, you scream at him and eventually he was brilliant defensively.’

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