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Man United star Marcus Rashford details Ralf Rangnick training change and judges own form

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has admitted training is ‘tough but fun’ under Ralf Rangnick so far.

The German was hired as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim replacement earlier this month. With two wins from two, he’s helped steady the ship amid a turbulent campaign.

Manchester United fans expected big things from their team this season, especially after the summer signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yet the Red Devils have endured a tough campaign, toiling under Solskjaer prior to his departure.

Now, it’s another new era at Old Trafford with Rangnick given the keys to the club until the end of the campaign.

It’s been a positive start to his time at the helm, with United beating Crystal Palace and Norwich so far.

And Rashford, speaking to Sky Sports, has now opened up on the way the German has tweaked training – labelling it ‘tough but fun’.

“He’s done a good job because prior to coming in I think he spent a lot of time analysing the team, analysing individuals, he knows what our strengths are,” Rashford said.

“He’s got us going.

“I think what was clear we were conceding too many goals and that’s always the starting point.

“He got his a lot more together, we’ve obviously been working on pressing and we’ll still improve on that but the main thing is doing everything as a team, whether it’s attacking or defending.

“Do it together and I know the last couple of games we’ve conceded a lot less chances and kept some clean sheets.”

On training specifically, he added: “It’s tough but it’s fun.

“It involves a lot of small sided games where the intensity is obviously high.

“It’s good. It’s what it takes to win big games and even in the Norwich game we didn’t get it right in the first half but in the second half we showed even if we’re not playing at our best that system can work and can be effective.”

Rashford also opened up on his own form, having struggled for consistency since returning from injury in October.

The 24-year-old has notched just once in his last 10 outings across all competitions.

But Rashford feels more is to come and thinks that, in getting more game time, he’ll soon be back to his best.

“Getting 90 minutes is key,” he said. “And that was my first 90 minutes against Norwich since I think May or something like that.

“I know how I am as a player and need to know I can do 90 minutes at a high intensity.

“From there I can then go on to do better things. Now I’ve done that, I’m looking forward to the next run of games.

“I feel sharper in training, still feeling strong.”

Meanwhile, former United star Paul Parker has taken aim at Rashford by saying he must choose whether to be a footballer or a politician.

Parker said: “If you’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo at your club, I think you’re going to need him on the pitch, to get the press off your back and maybe the fans. But you need someone to play with, maybe more intelligent.

“So I look at a [Edinson] Cavani or a Mason Greenwood to play with Ronaldo, rather than a Marcus Rashford who’s way off track.

“He should be sitting down somewhere and asking what does he want to be; a footballer or a politician? And then go from there, and he grabs hold of it and becomes what he’s supposed to be.

“I don’t think it’s anything to do with fitness. Footballers are definitely fit, they train every day, they’re stretching, they’re agile.

“Everything about them is fine. I just think it’s about what’s in your head now.

“Does he want to play for the biggest club in the world regularly, or does he want to watch them?

“At the moment he’s playing like someone who’s trying his best to watch them play but he keeps on getting picked and, after a while, a few players are going to get a little bit annoyed, that he’s not playing well, not earning the right to play, but still playing.”

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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