Gary Neville was left bemused as to why Ralf Rangnick started Marcus Rashford on the bench against Leicester City.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani unavailable, Manchester United’s interim boss opted to play without a recognised striker at Rashford’s expense once again.

The German opted to play with a false number nine when both Ronaldo and Cavani were absent in the Manchester derby hammering last month, and he adopted the same approach at Old Trafford yesterday, in the 1-1 draw to the Foxes.

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After being overlooked in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Rashford had the opportunity to work closely alongside Rangnick at Carrington during the international break.

The 63-year-old has said on several occasions this season that Rashford hasn’t been able to transfer his performances from training to matches.

But Manchester United legend Neville felt that the 24-year-old’s latest omission would be an “absolute killer” to the England international, who came off the bench to replace Scott McTominay in the 55th minute.

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Speaking in his podcast, Neville said: “Rashford being on the bench. I don’t think he’s deserved to play every game this season, I think he’s in poor form.

“But that was an absolute killer for him to not be on the pitch as the centre forward. He’s been training for two weeks back in Manchester because he’s not been picked for England.

“Ordinarily you would think that Manchester United as a club would try and lift him and pick him up, but to have him on the bench and to have none of the strikers available that were available at the start of the season, it’s so surprising.”

When asked why he didn’t start Rashford by Sky Sports, Rangnick said: “We had to decide between playing Marcus as a striker or Paul Pogba in midfield and we decided to play Paul.

“It’s no secret he was not full of confidence in the last couple of weeks. He has been training with us and in training, he is looking well but as I said, it was the question between Paul and Marcus and we decided to go for Paul.”

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Fellow United legend Rio Ferdinand said Rashford should be furious following his Leicester snub.

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