Marcus Rashford breaks silence on Man Utd accusations and Ralf Rangnick claim

By Chris Doyle

Marcus Rashford has fired back at accusations that he has a "bad attitude" as he suffers a sustained dip in form for Manchester United.

The England star's goal-scoring drought rose to 11 games on Monday night as the Red Devils secured a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round.

United have not found top gear under Ralf Rangnick and are dealing with some teething issues as the interim boss tries to implement his high pressing style of football.

One player who is noticeably not playing to his potential is Rashford who is clearly lacking confidence at the moment.

This was highlighted against Villa which led to him being vilified on social media by fans.

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Marcus Rashford has suffered a sustained dip in form (PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Former United assistant Steve McLaren came out in the wake of the game questioning his attitude and body language.

He said: "I hate that attitude in a player. Body language is so, so important and that was the criticism of United players in the last few weeks.

“But Rashford has probably had this problem throughout his career, in terms of questioning his attitude.

"He gets deterred too easily and doesn't fight through bad moments. He doesn't stay in the game.

“If he's not having a good first-half, he'll never have a good second-half.

“Somebody needs to give him the tools to come out of the bad times because he doesn't know how to and stays in it.”

McClaren, speaking to talkSPORT suggested Rashford needs help to get his head right by seeking professional help, if he is to emerge from his current slump.

“The help is there in modern football,” said McClaren.

“He [interim United boss Ralf Rangnick] brought in a sports psychologist. He’s got the talent and the ability.

“There’s that one cornerstone which we call mentality, attitude, which he hasn’t grasped yet.

“There are certain tools with which you can come out of bad times, so you play one bad pass and don’t make it two or three.

“You get back to playing simple again. But a player needs to admit first that he’s in the wrong, has a bad attitude and needs help.”

Marcus Rashford hs struggled to adapt to Ralf Rangnick's philosphy (REUTERS)

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But Rashford has fired back at those claims insisting, if anything, he cares about the club too much, according to The Telegraph.

On occasions, he reckons he has taken on too much responsibility and sacrificed himself for United and there is no way his commitment should be questioned.

The report claims he is acutely aware of his poor form, but it's ill-informed and insulting to attribute it to his attitude.

There have also been claims that Rashford has not responded positively to Rangnick's arrival as he struggles to adapt to his philosophy.

But the 24-year-old is adamant that is not the case.

The Athletic claims Rashford was excited by the German's appointment and receptive to his style, even if it has taken time to take implement his instructions on the field.

Marcus Rashford has hit back at criticism suggesting he has a poor attitude (PA)

He reckons his current slump is due to the changing formations and limited opportunities to play as Rangnick still tries to find out his best XI.

Rangnick admitted that Rashford's work ethic is not the issue and believes it's likely to be a lack of confidence.

He said: 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. 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.”

Asked if confidence was a factor, he added: “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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