RALF RANGNICK is doing everything he can to get Marcus Rashford shooting again.
He was so frustrated with the situation last Sunday that he left him out for the derby instead of playing with a recognized striker.
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani injured and Anthony Martial on loan at Sevilla, there were no other options in attack.
So instead he played Bruno Fernandes as a false nine – and United got beaten 4-1 by City with Rashford as a sub.
He should be back on the bench today the visit to Tottenham in a crucial duel in the fight for a place in the top four.
But Rangnick insists he is doing everything he can to get the best out of a player who has just made it FOUR Prem goals this season.
The interim boss said: “I like Marcus as a player. It’s our job to help him and get the best Marcus Rashford he can be.
“That’s my job and I use all my energy and time for it.”
The German cites Jadon Sancho, 21, and 19-year-old Anthony Elanga as examples of what he can achieve with young players.
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He said: “What I’m trying to achieve with him is what we’ve done with, for example, Anthony, with Jadon and with one or two other youngsters that we have.”
What is scratching Rangnick’s head is how the 24-year-old Rash can do so well at Carrington and struggle on matchday.
He said: “Marcus is training well, he has a lot of talent, everything you need in a striker. It’s about turning training sessions into games.”
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But Rangnick defended his game time, saying: “He’s done 13-14 games since I’ve been here now. I don’t think that’s a problem and he never said anything about it.”
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Rashford was actually involved in 16 of the 18 games Rangnick was in charge of – he started eight of them.
When asked about their heart-to-heart conversation, Rangnick revealed: “He said he’s still happy and wants to play at a high level for the club. There was no mention that he wasn’t happy here.”
These will be some important days in United’s season with a Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw away.
United are also a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have three games to go. West Ham and Spurs are two points behind United – but Antonio Conte’s side have two games on their hands against the Red Devils.
And Germany’s Rangnick said: “We are fully aware of the importance of the Spurs game and Tuesday night’s game.
“We had a good week of training, the players are fully conscious, the focus was there, the team spirit in training was there.
“There are still ten games to play and we are fully aware that we have to take care of ourselves and not lose any more points.”
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