Marcus Rashford has called on Manchester United players to help Cristiano Ronaldo end his wait for a goal from open play. The Portugal international has netted just a penalty since the beginning of the season and doesn’t appear to be first-choice when it comes to being Erik ten Hag’s No 9. There’s talk the 37-year-old still wants to leave the club, too, having failed to secure an exit during the summer transfer window.
Manchester United saw Ronaldo impress last term following his blockbuster return from Juventus, with the veteran scoring 24 goals across all competitions.
However, the Portugal international has made just four starts so far this season – with three of them coming in the Europa League.
Ronaldo was frustrated on Thursday night as he drew a blank in United’s 3-2 win over Omonia, with Marcus Rashford bagging a brace and Anthony Martial netting in the victory in Cyprus.
And Rashford has now spoken out about his team-mate, insisting he and his team-mates will continue to do all they can to help the former Real Madrid and Juventus star regain his goalscoring touch.
“Ronaldo is an unbelievable player – and he’s been an unbelievable player ever since I watched him as a youngster,” he said.
“It is a joy to play with him. We can keep building and when he starts scoring goals, he won’t stop.
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“We just have to try and keep putting the ball in positions when he’s in front of goal.
“After a game like that (City), it doesn’t matter who you play or where you play, it is just important to win.
“But we will have to be a lot better on the ball and show a much higher intensity at Everton.”
Rashford has been in outstanding form for United this season, netting five goals and registering three assists after struggling last term.
And he’s adamant the Red Devils are onto a winner with Ten Hag in the dugout, despite some early teething problems under the Dutchman.
“At the end of the day, we are all players and we all like to win games. That’s the reason we play for Man United,” he said.
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“So, yes, there were times I was very disappointed last season – but I think that’s normal.
“Ask any player, they are not happy if they are losing or drawing games.
“We have such high expectations of ourselves and each other. But I think we are definitely improving.
“There are obviously things we need to tighten up on and improve on. And obviously the last game in the league wasn’t good enough by anyone’s standards and we let people down.
“It was a bit embarrassing after the game. But these results can happen in football and the only way to come back is to win your next game.
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“The new manager has got a very clear identity and a way of playing. I think it makes it easier to adapt to him.
“I felt this in pre-season. He got his messages across quickly and directly and the players took those messages on board.
“It is still early days, but the more we get to know him, the better we will become and the more he gets to know us as well.
“I’m just looking forward to winning games.”
Next up for United is a tricky test against Frank Lampard’s resurgent Everton side at Goodison Park on Sunday.
And Rashford thinks the Toffees are turning a corner, admitting United will have to be at their best if they’re to leave Merseyside with all three points to their name.
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“I think Everton have been playing well this season,” he said. “It is going to be an intense game, but we should be ready for it.
“I have been there and won a few times, but I have also been there and come away disappointed.
“Hopefully the weekend can be a good performance and a big win.”
And he added: “I’ve played a lot of games for the club and experienced a lot of different things playing in a United shirt.
“I want to be fit and available for as many games as I can, so it was disappointing to pick up the injury because I felt I was playing well and improving my performances.
“It wasn’t a good time for me to get injured – but there’s never a good time to be injured.”
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