Marcus Rashford should follow Jadon Sancho’s lead after his recent form turnaround according to Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Rashford was anonymous in a 75-minute shift in United’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in midweek and has only scored five times in 22 appearances this season.
Sancho struggled to make an impact early on at Old Trafford following his off-season move from Borussia Dortmund but has netted two goals and provided two assists in his past six games.
“We had a very similar situation as I can remember with Jadon six or seven weeks ago,” Rangnick said.
“He is the best example of what can happen. It’s the player himself who has to perform and get the best out of his own performance and this is the same with Marcus.”
Rashford underwent off-season shoulder surgery, forcing him to miss the opening two months of the season but Rangnick insisted fitness was no excuse.
“He is definitely not injured,” Rangnick said. “I have personally spoken a lot with him.
“It’s with him like with all players: when it counts and they are on the pitch – he started against Atletico Madrid – just have to perform.
“I am pretty sure he is not happy with his performance right now but it doesn’t help if we discuss that every week and talk about our thoughts about what it might be.
“Right now he is trying to find his best possible shape and performance, and we just try to give him helping hands with everything we can. We show him video footage, and we speak with him regularly.
“In training he is in top form – that is why I decided to play him. Now it’s about having that transformation from training to [games] and this is the next step he has to take.”