Dimitar Berbatov backs Marcus Rashford to come through difficult spell

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov hopes that Marcus Rashford can come through the difficult spell he’s currently experiencing at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has had to endure a tough season since returning from shoulder surgery and he has lost his place in the England squad ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

Rashford has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth under interim boss Ralf Rangnick and has been left on the bench when no recognised striker was available.

Against Manchester City and Leicester, the German didn’t have either Cristiano Ronaldo or Edinson Cavani available to call upon, but the 63-year-old opted to play Bruno Fernandes in a false number nine position instead of unleashing Rashford through the middle.

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In the chastening 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday, Rashford started the game brightly and forced Jordan Pickford into two good saves.

Despite being one of United’s better performers on Merseyside, Rashford was replaced just after the hour mark by Anthony Elanga.

The Manchester United academy graduate has four Premier League goals to his name this season, all of which have come as a substitute.

But Berbatov remains hopeful that a confidence-drained Rashford can bounce back and become a key player for Manchester United once again.

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In an interview with the Athletic, the Bulgarian said: “I, for sure, see that the confidence is missing. You can see it when he’s moving around the pitch and touching the ball, or going around and looking for the space.

“I sincerely hope that he’s going to find that form that he has inside him because he’s a great talent, I love watching him.

“I love knowing that he had some of his quality playing on the street and getting from the academy to the first team. This is like a fairy tale that you want to happen to you.

“I’m sure that his form will return sooner or later.”

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