As per ESPN, Manchester United have ‘warned’ Ralf Rangnick that the club must secure European football at the end of this season.
At present, United are seventh in the Premier League standings and are likely to finish outside the top four.
That means we won’t play in the Champions League next season but senior chiefs at United want European football at all costs – even if it’s via playing in the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.
ESPN understands this is because of the monetary gain that comes from playing continental competitions.
Failure to qualify for any of the European competitions ‘would not go down well’ with club chiefs.
When was the last time Marcus Rashford had a good game? Answered
Marcus Rashford’s shocking decline in form has been tough to watch for Manchester United fans.
But where did it start? And when was the last time he had a good game for us?
Well, Rashford scored his last goal in the 93rd-minute win over West Ham United earlier in January this year.
He has mostly started on the bench under Ralf Rangnick and was overlooked recently despite the absences of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
With just five goals to his name in 2021/22, even Rashford has acknowledged that he’s going through a dip in form.
Although his overall record since 2019/20 is impressive – he’s scored 51 goals along with registering 30 assists – the current slump is worrying as it’s led to exit rumours.
So, to answer the question, his last ‘good’ game in a United shirt came during the 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford back in April 2021. That was around one year ago!
Although Rashford did not score, he assisted Mason Greenwood and created four big chances during the game. He attempted dribbles, took on defenders and didn’t look like the hollow shell of a footballer he looks like now.
Over the years, the 24-year-old has been tried and tested in different positions, formations and whatnot. The uncertainty at the club appears to have rubbed off on one of our most promising Academy graduates.
The Europa League exit was rough at the end of last season, following which Rashford was racially abused on social media. The abuse intensified after he missed a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
All these things can take a toll on the best of players and Rashford only recently turned 24.
United are reportedly willing to offer him a new contract as his current one expires in 2023.
If he leaves Old Trafford though, it wouldn’t be his failure but rather the collective failure of a club struggling to build a new identity.