Ralf Rangnick accused of 'killing' Manchester United star

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Scroll through the gallery to see Marcus Rashford'
Scroll through the gallery to see Marcus Rashford's goal contributions for Manchester United in the past four seasons
2018/19 - 13 goals and 10 assists in 47 matches in
2018/19 - 13 goals and 10 assists in 47 matches in all competitions
2021/22 - 5 goals and 2 assists in 27 matches in a
2021/22 - 5 goals and 2 assists in 27 matches in all competitions so far
2020/21 - 21 goals and 15 assists in 57 matches in
2020/21 - 21 goals and 15 assists in 57 matches in all competitions
2019/20 - 22 goals and 12 assists in 44 matches in
2019/20 - 22 goals and 12 assists in 44 matches in all competitions

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been accused of "killing" one of his star's confidence. 

The Red Devils dropped more points in their 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday to leave them languishing in seventh place while West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal jumped ahead of them in the fight for a spot in the Premier League's top four.  

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo missing the EPL clash through illness, Marcus Rashford could only make the bench while Bruno Fernandes started as the side's focal point against the Foxes.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see Rashford's goal contributions in the past five seasons, per Transfermarkt

Given Edinson Cavani's latest injury and Mason Greenwood's suspension, Red Devils legend Gary Neville was shocked by the England international's omission from the starting line-up for the fixture. 

"I was struggling a little bit with it before the game without the centre-forward," the 47-year-old said, per the Metro.

"That's killed Marcus Rashford today… not playing in that team. 

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"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." 

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In a post-match press conference following the draw, Rangnick explained why he chose to start Fernandes up top ahead of Rashford. 

"The question was whether to start with Marcus or with Bruno as false nine, plus Paul Pogba in midfield," the 63-year-old said.

"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."

Here are United's current highest-paid players, and how much they are paid weekly

9. Harry Maguire - £189 904 a week
9. Harry Maguire - £189 904 a week
7. Bruno Fernandes - £240 000 a week
7. Bruno Fernandes - £240 000 a week
10. Juan Mata - £160 000 a week
10. Juan Mata - £160 000 a week
4. Raphael Varane - £340 000 a week
4. Raphael Varane - £340 000 a week
3. Jadon Sancho - £350 000 a week
3. Jadon Sancho - £350 000 a week
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - £510 000 a week
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - £510 000 a week
2. David de Gea - £375 000 a week
2. David de Gea - £375 000 a week
5. Paul Pogba - £290 000 a week
5. Paul Pogba - £290 000 a week
8. Marcus Rashford - £200 000 a week
8. Marcus Rashford - £200 000 a week
6. Edinson Cavani - £250 000 a week
6. Edinson Cavani - £250 000 a week