Rangnick unsure about Marcus Rashford struggles
Rangnick is unsure why Marcus Rashford is struggling to make an impact after the forward toiled against Villa.
The England international was guilty of some poor decision-making during the match and some met his substitution with sarcastic cheers.
Asked why the academy graduate was underperforming, interim manager Rangnick said: “Actually I don’t know. 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.”
11 games without a goal for Marcus Rashford
Rashford is now 11 games without scoring, the last netting as a substitute in the win over Tottenham at the start of November.
There have been some theories put forward that Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence has contributed to Rashford becoming a shell of himself. But without Ronaldo last night, Rashford still struggled. So throw that theory in the bin.
Whatever is going on with Marcus Rashford right now, only Marcus Rashford knows. His injuries have cleared up and his problems seem to be in his head.
Rashford’s shoulders seem heavy as he moves around the pitch, his head bowed, lacking confidence. The £200,000 per week wages he earns are not easing whatever he is going through right now, on or off the pitch.
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