Ralf Rangnick has encouraged Marcus Rashford’s “abundant talent”, and backed him to reclaim his best form as wasteful Manchester United prepare to play Manchester City.
A few things that have happened in the last couple of weeks, or two months couldn’t have been foreseen by anybody, the interim boss said.
Now, with Edinson at least being available for the game and the upcoming games, we have other options.
With Marcus Rashford, we have another player who I will insist on and continuously be behind him and with him, to develop him.
We have achieved that with quite a few other young players in the past and I don’t see why this should not happen with Marcus.
He’s got abundant talent, he’s got the pace, he’s got the physicality, he’s got everything that you need for a modern striker, no matter if he’s playing from the wing or in the center.
I will put all my energy into that, to help him to take the same pathway that other players did in the last three months.
On Sunday, the 187th Manchester derby will take place at the Etihad Stadium, with the Red Devils looking to improve their prospects of finishing in the top four against the Premier League leaders.
United enter the encounter on the back of a 0-0 home stalemate with Watford last Saturday, in which their recent profligacy in front of goal continued on an afternoon in which they had 22 efforts on target but failed to score.