Rangnick says Rashford is training well despite Manchester United’s poor form

Marcus Rashford was once again in the spotlight following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Pundits at BT Sport have dissected a disappointing display from the England international, with Paul Scholes claiming he was overdoing it.

This meant Ralf Rangnick was asked about Rashford in his pre-match press conference before the clash with Watford.

Rangnick said Rashford has been training well and supporting him to get good, like international teammate Jadon Sancho has done in recent weeks.

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“He’s definitely not injured,” Rangnick said of Rashford. “He no longer has a problem with his shoulder. We’ve talked a lot about Marcus over the past two weeks and I’ve spoken a lot with him personally. There’s nothing else to add on that, it’s with him as with all the other players.

“If it matters, they’re on the pitch, starting, like he was against Atletico Madrid and they just have to play, but I know he’s not happy with his performance at the moment, but that doesn’t help if we discuss it every week. We can all think about what it could be, but I see no reason why he shouldn’t be happy.

“Our results have been good the last few weeks and the last few months the team is in good shape. Right now he’s trying to find his best possible form and performance and we’re just trying to give him that helping hand with whatever we can, showing him video footage and talking to him regularly.

“In training he’s in great shape and that’s why I played him, but now it’s about turning that performance from training into the league and that’s the next step he has to cross.

“By the way, we had a very similar situation with Jadon six or seven weeks ago and he’s the best example of what can happen, it’s the player himself who has to perform and make the most of his own performance. It’s the same for Marcus now.

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Rashford’s struggles have been going on since last season in truth, but his underperformance could then be attributed to him being played too often and through injury.

He went to the Euros injured but took time to get fit and as Rangnick confirmed, there are no lingering fitness issues now.

Clearly that’s not the reason he’s not performing well at the moment and Rangnick has put the onus on the player to pull himself out of his slump.

He’s right that Sancho has done that recently and Anthony Elanga has bounced back very well from his disappointing penalty kick against Middlesbrough earlier this month.

It’s now up to Rashford to bring his coaching performances into matches, starting with Watford.

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