Marcus Rashford: Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick unsure why forward is struggling | Football News

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick admits he’s unsure why Marcus Rashford is fighting for form after another disappointing night for the striker in Monday’s 1-0 win against Aston Villa in FA Cup.

Rashford, who has only scored three goals for his club this season, failed to make an impact in the third round at Old Trafford before being eliminated with less than five minutes to go.

Despite another hard-hitting performance from United, Scott McTominay’s header in the first half was enough to send them to the fourth round, where they will play against league side Middlesbrough.

Scott McTominay scored at Old Trafford to secure victory

But Rashford’s decision-making process left United fans frustrated, with many questioning a key moment in the second half when he failed to attempt to challenge Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez after parrying Mason Greenwood’s shot towards the disk.

Asked why the academy graduate was not performing well, Interim Manager Rangnick said, “Actually I don’t know. I think he’s putting in a lot of effort. In training he was doing well for the past couple of days, that’s why. it was rightly in the starting XI.

“I think we found him quite often in the first half, but we also tried to get him into the box. In the second half it wasn’t that often 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 move on to the next round. Yes [confidence is important] especially for the forwards: it is important that they score intermittently, that there are moments of success.

“Of course it would be good for Marcus, for example, if he could score a goal, but as long as he tries, as long as he trains well I don’t see a big problem.”

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In less than a week these two teams will face each other once again, but this time it will be at Villa Park and in the Premier League – live Sky Sport – Saturday, with kick-off at 5:30 pm.

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