Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has urged Marcus Rashford to transform his top performance in training into matches ahead of Tottenham’s clash.
Man United were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City last weekend, with Rashford, who came in as a second half sub, joining his team-mates in putting out a rancid performance.
Rashford’s performances this season have been next to nothing, which have forced him to start several games on the bench despite being injury-free, something he wasn’t used to in previous seasons.
The England international’s last goal came against West Ham in January as a second half substitute. So far, Rashford, who performs well in training, has struggled to rediscover his previous seasons’ form.
Rashford has yet another chance to show his worth when Manchester United host Tottenham at Old Trafford today.
And Rangnick has backed the English striker to replicate his training performances in competitive matches.
Rangnick said: [He needs] to play on the same level that he trains. He [Marcus Rashford] is training well, abundant talent. For him it is about transforming the performances in training into games.”
Several reports claim after the Manchester City defeat that Marcus Rashford is not happy at Manchester United and is considering leaving the club amid lack of playing time.
Ralf Rangnick has denied such reports, insisting that Rashford only told him during a conversation that he is happy at the club and wants to play at the top of his game.
Rangnick added: “I spoke with him [Marcus Rashford] yesterday and the day before yesterday. So I don’t know anything about [him considering his future]. In my 25 years in professional football, I have decided not to take too much notice of things happening in the media.
“He [Rashford] didn’t say anything to me, he said to me that he is still happy and that he wants to perform on a high level for the club. There was no mention of him not being happy here.
“I can only repeat myself – I like Marcus [Rashford] as a player.
“I’ve had a few in the past in former clubs where they had problems at one stage but it’s our job to help him, to get the best Marcus Rashford that he can be.
“This is my job right now and I’m putting all my energy and time into that to achieve that.”
Marcus Rashford scored in the reverse fixture against Tottenham as Manchester United beat Spurs 3-0 at Old Trafford last year.
Rashford could return to the starting lineup against Antonio Conte’s men.