Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa: Rangnick reaction
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Marcus Rashford’s poor form has raised concerns amongst Manchester United chiefs, with the club worrying his off-field commitments are affecting his performance standards.
Rashford played poorly yet again in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday, spurning multiple chances and showing a lack of commitment that he has given throughout his time at Old Trafford.
The forward has scored just three goals all season and has struggled to make a spot in the United’s attack his own.
Having endured his worst campaign in a red shirt yet, Rashford has come under criticism from fans and pundits alike for his performances.
And according to The Daily Star, Rashford has been spoken to by senior club figures that his personal life is having a detrimental effect on his game.
The star was awarded an MBE in October after his philanthropic endeavours forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make a U-turn on his stance concerning free school meals for children in need.
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The England star won the hearts of the nation during the height of the pandemic for his efforts.
However, alarm bells are ringing over his output at Old Trafford, prompting talks to be held.
Furthermore, his decision to sign up with ‘Roc Nation’ has also caused concern.
Opting to join the entertainment management label has been perceived to be an ill-judged move from the Manchester-born talent, with concerns that his off-field persona is more important to his on-field alternative.
And Ralf Rangnick has backed his man to turn his career around by admitting he doesn’t know what is going wrong given his good training levels.
“Actually I don’t know,” Rangnick said after the 1-0 win.
“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.”
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