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11th Jan 2022

Ralf Rangnick ‘doesn’t know’ why Marcus Rashford is struggling

Callum Boyle

Rashford has struggled to hit the heights of last season

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has admitted that he ‘doesn’t know’ why Marcus Rashford is struggling for form this season.

The 24-year-old has struggled since his return from injury this season, scoring just three goals in all competitions and was substituted in the second-half of United’s win against Aston Villa on Monday night.

Scott McTominay’s first-half header was enough to see United reach the fourth round of the cup where they will face Middlesbrough.

Rashford’s decision-making was the centre of many fans’ and pundit’s frustrations on the night and his manager said that he wasn’t sure why the forward was struggling.

“Actually I don’t know,” the German told Sky Sports.

“I think he’s trying hard. In training he was doing well in the last couple of days, that’s why he was quite rightly in the starting XI.

“I think in the first half we found him quite often, but we also tried to get him into the box.

“In the second half that was not that often the case and that’s why at the end of the game I decided to make two changes with Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.

“It was very important to progress into the next round. Yes [confidence is important] especially for strikers – it’s important that they score goals on and off, that there are moments of success.

“Of course it would be good, for example, for Marcus if he could score a goal but as long as he’s trying, as long as he’s training well I don’t see that much of a problem.”

Rashford will have the chance to build some momentum against Villa again this weekend when United to travel to Villa Park in the Premier League this weekend.

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