May 20, 2024

Rangnick makes damning Marcus Rashford confession as Man Utd flounder in Leicester draw

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Marcus Rashford confession; Ralf Rangnick has admitted damning Rashford confession as Man Utd flounder in Leicester draw

The Red Devils went into the match looking for back-to-back Premier League wins following a 3-2 triumph over Tottenham last time out. 

Man United once again struggled to find the net without the Portugal captain in the ranks.

Rangnick felt his charges were not at the races during the first 45 minutes but was more encouraged after the interval.

“The second half was the better one, we were struggling to find the rhythm in the first half possibly because of the international break,” he told Sky Sports

“We gave away a goal on a transitional moment but the reaction after was good and scored a goal. In the end we are not happy with the result but the second half was OK.”

With Ronaldo unavailable, Rangnick had to make a call between Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba. 

He went with the Frenchman even though Rashford was the sole striker fit and ready to play.

Rangnick damning Marcus Rashford confession 

“The only one we had was Marcus Rashford,” added the boss. “We knew this morning Cristiano could not play and decided to start Paul Pogba. After 60 minutes we made the change and had a central striker on the pitch.

“It is no secret that he was not full of confidence in the last couple of weeks. In training, he is looking well but it was a question between Paul and Marcus, we went with Paul.”

Manchester United will need help from clubs above them if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. 

That remains the aim but Rangnick admits it is tough to compete with so many forwards on the sidelines.

“In the last 15 minutes we tried to score a goal but in this game we did not score the late goal,” he continued. “We don’t have the offensive players and even Jesse Lingard was feeling sick.

“As long as it (top four) is possible mathematically, it is possible. It is our job and duty to do our best to finish of the best on the best possible note.”

Asked about who might take the reins permanently in the summer, the veteran coach played his card close to his chest.

“I don’t know, I think I’m the wrong person to ask,” he said. “I suppose the board is speaking with some potential new managers, but I can’t help you on that right now.”

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