Marcus Rashford and Man United to 'go separate ways' this summer - pundit
Kevin Phillips has urged Marcus Rashford to leave Man United and seek a “new challenge” this summer.
The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed it is “clear” that the 24-year-old is out of favour with Ralf Rangnick.
Rashford was named on the bench for the fifth time in six games as Man United were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester on Saturday (2 April) – despite Rangnick starting without a recognised striker.
A source with knowledge of the England international’s situation told Football Insider (26 March) that the player has informed friends that he’s ready to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Rashford‘s contract is set to expire in June 2023 – but Man United have the option to extend his deal a further year.
Phillips claimed the forward’s continued omission could be attributed to a “behind the scenes” fall-out.
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“It’s clear that he’s out of favour with Rangnick,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“For the last 18 months, Rashford hasn’t been performing as we know he can.
“I think it’s probably time for the player and the club to go their separate ways. I think he needs a fresh challenge somewhere else.
“A new manager coming in might view it differently.
“He’s not Rangnick’s kind of player. Something may have happened behind the scenes, but from the outside looking in – it just seems like he’s out of favour at the moment.
“It could well be time for him to move on.”
Rashford has netted five goals in 27 games this season – but has started just 10 Premier League matches.
Rangnick will vacate the interim manager post the end of this season when his contract expires.