Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been given specific advice by caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick after a dry spell in front of goal for the Premier League club
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Rashford have struggled to find consistency at United this season, contributing just five goals and two assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.
The 24-year-old missed the start of the campaign after shoulder surgery, but got off to a brilliant start in October with three goals in his opening four games.
But since then, he has scored just 2 goals in 18 games and struggled with a lack of confidence in front of goal.
Interim coach Rangnick believes his best comeback is just imminent and has advised his young striker to take a leaf out of teammate Sancho’s book.
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“He’s the best example of what can happen, once again it’s the player who has to show and bring out the best in his performance – and the same goes for Marcus.”
Sancho initially failed to make an impact following his high-profile £73m move from Borussia Dortmund.
But after a rocky start, the 21-year-old winger is now starting to find his feet in Rangnick’s side, with two goals and two assists in the last six.
Sancho’s form is in stark contrast to Rashford, who was sent off in the 75th minute for Anthony Elanga against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Elanga went on to score the crucial equalizer in Spain’s 1-1 draw, but Rangnick dismissed the idea that anything stood in the way of Rashford.
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“He’s definitely not injured. He certainly has no problem with his shoulder anymore,” he explained on Friday.
“We’ve talked a lot about Marcus over the past few weeks and I’ve personally talked a lot with him.
“It’s with him like with all the other players, when it’s important and they’re on the pitch, they just have to perform and I’m pretty sure he’s not happy with his performance right now. .
“Is he unhappy? I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be. Our results have been very good over the past few weeks and months.
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“Right now, he’s trying to get back in shape and get in the best shape possible, and we’re just trying to help him with everything we can. We show him the footage and we talk. with him often.
“During coaching, he was in top form. That’s why I decided to let him play (in Madrid.) Now it’s about transitioning from training performance to being competitive in Madrid. tournament – and this is the next step he has to take.”
United, who are fourth in the Premier League, face relegation-threatened Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday ahead of a derby with City of Manchester next weekend.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/rangnick-rashford-man-utd-form-26334754 Ralf Rangnick tells Marcus Rashford to follow 'best example' at Man Utd amid loss of form