Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been warned he needs to turn up for Manchester United next season.
Rashford endured a miserable 2021-22 campaign, only scoring five goals and dropping out of the team under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
His poor form last season also saw him lose his place in the England squad.
Rashford reportedly considered leaving Manchester United this summer but is now hoping to revive his career under new boss Erik ten Hag.
“Marcus Rashford needs to turn up this season for Manchester United,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“Everything has been plain sailing for him up until recently but his confidence has gone and it’s been hard for him.
“I’d like to think he’ll be back next season but if he can’t get his confidence back then you start worrying.
“All the work he did for good causes off the pitch probably took a toll on him mentally as well. But I’d expect him to bounce back.
“The new manager might suit him. I’m sure Erik ten Hag wants to play a certain way. He’ll want United to play like Ajax. To press and move the ball quickly.
“But it’s going to be hard for a team with Cristiano Ronaldo in it to be a high-intensity pressing team. He’s not going to be chasing down every ball is he?”
Manchester United have now gone five successive seasons without silverware and Merson has warned Manchester United fans to lower their expectations next season.
Manchester United will play Europa League football next season after finishing sixth and Merson believes Ten Hag will have a good first season as Manchester United boss if the Red Devils finish in the top four.
Merson added: “If the manager gets them in the top four I think he’s done a great job. I really do.
“He needs to consolidate and just get them into the Champions League. United fans shouldn’t expect much more.”