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The England international cut a frustrated figure as he was replaced after an hour in United's 1-0 defeat against Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday night.
'I know there’s an unhappy player there,' Shearer wrote in his column for The Athletic.
'There is always going to be a lot of scrutiny on Rashford’s performances because he is one of the biggest names in the Premier League, because he is an England international and, yes — absolutely — because he’s a local boy.'
Speaking on Sky Sports on Sunday, Jamie Carragher criticised Rashford for falling short of his leadership duties as a 'local' player and suggested his attitude was an issue.
Alan Shearer believes Marcus Rashford is unhappy at Manchester United this season
The former England captain believes Rashford is struggling to cope with the pressure coming from being the local player at United
'Watching Marcus Rashford last night that was an unacceptable performance for a few reasons. [...] I have been a local player and it's not easy especially when the team is not doing well,' he said.
'For Rashford and myself and [Steven] Gerrard at Liverpool it's your job to fix it and drag others up with you.
'Watching Rashford he reminds me of [Anthony] Martial and that is worst possible thing you can say about him. A foreign player comes in and doesn't really care. Rashford is now looking like Martial.'
As a Geordie who went on to score 206 goals in 405 appearances in all competitions for his hometown club, Shearer knows all about the pressure of representing his local team.
'When you’re a local player, there is an added expectation because of who you are and what you represent,' he continued.
'You provide a link between the club, the fans and the city.'
Rashford scored 30 goals in all competitions last season and was rewarded with a five-year deal worth £300,000-a-week in the summer, but has found the net