Comparing Man Utd’s record with & without Marcus Rashford since 2020

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Marcus Rashford looks frustrated during Manchester United's FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough, Old Trafford, February 2022

Marcus Rashford is reportedly looking for a way out of Manchester United as he is unhappy with his playing time under Ralf Rangnick. But would United miss him were he to leave? We’ve taken a look at their record with and without Rashford to find out.

It is reported in the Guardian that Rashford “is giving serious consideration for the first time to asking for a move from his boyhood club.”

That is because of his relative lack of involvement under the interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who arrived to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskajer in November 2021.

Paris-Saint Germain have emerged as a possible interested party, and the reaction to the news among United fans has been mixed.

As a Manchester lad and academy graduate who has scored almost 100 goals for the club already, there are plenty who would like to keep him.

But his performances in recent months have been a long way off those we had once come to expect from Rashford, so some believe it may be the right time to look for pastures new.

Rashford’s struggles were summed up in the recent 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Even with Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo injured, the 24-year-old England international was not in the starting XI.

Instead, Rangnick went with Bruno Fernandes as a wandering centre-forward with Paul Pogba in behind him, while Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga manned the wings.

Even when he did come on, Rashford looked lost and was one of many United players singled out by Roy Keane for post-match criticism.

Including that City game, Rashford has started just two of United’s last 11 in the Premier League. Gary Neville, speaking on Sky, said the decision to omit him was “the ultimate put-down.”

When the report of Rashford’s desire to leave was published, Neville’s old team-mate Rio Ferdinand was not happy.

He told the FIVE YouTube channel: “If [the report is] real, and let’s take it as it is, you can only talk like that when you’re playing well. You can only talk like that when you’re performing and scoring, and Marcus isn’t doing that right now.

“He hasn’t played well for a while now. He doesn’t look happy at the moment, he doesn’t look happy at United.”

So, is it the right time for United and Rashford to part ways? What impact might his absence have on the team?

We’ve looked at United’s record with and without Rashford in the starting XI since the start of the 2020-21 season to find out. Stats are taken from all competitions.

With Rashford starting

Played: 59
Won: 30
Drawn: 18
Lost: 11

Goals for: 108
Goals per game: 1.83
Goals against: 76
Goals against per game: 1.29

Points per game: 1.83
Win rate: 50.8%
Loss rate: 18.6%

Without Rashford starting

Played: 40
Won: 22
Drawn: 8
Lost: 10

Goals for: 75
Goals per game: 1.88
Goals against: 39
Goals against per game: 0.98

Points per game: 1.85
Win rate: 55%
Loss rate: 25%


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