A number of Man Utd players were confused at Ralf Rangnick’s decision not to start Marcus Rashford against Leicester City, according to reports.
Rashford missed the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury, which he delayed because of Euro 2020.
The England international returned in great form with three goals in his first four matches before the end of October.
However, he hasn’t been able to replicate those displays since with just two goals in his last 23 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd.
Despite no Edinson Cavani or Cristiano Ronaldo, Rangnick decided to play Bruno Fernandes at the top end of the pitch in their 1-1 draw against Leicester instead of selecting Rashford, who came off the bench with 35 minutes to play.
And now the Manchester Evening News claims Rangnick’s team selection and the omission of Rashford ‘is believed to have baffled some teammates’.
Former Man Utd right-back Gary Neville thinks Rangnick has “killed” Rashford with his decision to leave the forward out of the starting XI against Leicester.
When asked about Rangnick’s decision, Neville said on Sky Sports: “I was struggling a little bit with it before the game without the centre forward. That’s killed Marcus Rashford today… not playing in that team.
“I know he’s been poor, I know he’s lacked confidence but for Cristiano Ronaldo to pull out this morning and for Paul Pogba to go in and change the system of play and the way in which the game has been approached and not just put Marcus Rashford in as a striker as a straight swap having trained with the players the last 10 days…
“Overall, there’s too many things at this club that are uncertain.”
Explaining his team selection after the game, Rangnick said: “The question was whether to start with Marcus or with Bruno as false nine plus Paul Pogba in midfield.
“We decided to go with the latter and then when we still needed a goal after 60 minutes, we decided to go for a central striker. It’s obvious that Marcus is not full of confidence and it’s a difficult time for him.”