Rangnick explains reason for starting Rashford and Ronaldo

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo had missed last Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City through a hip injury while Marcus Rashford has been out of favour in recent weeks.

Rashford had been dropped to the bench in United ’s last four league games prior to the clash against Tottenham.

Explaining their inclusion, Rangnick said: “We wanted to play with three offensive players so that’s why I decided to play Cristiano and Marcus at the same time.”

At the end, Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick to help Manchester United with the three points, but Rashford had another disappointing game and looked short of confidence.

Rangnick was super pleased with Ronaldo’s performance and named it the best game the Portuguese has played since he joined the club.

He said: “Today it was his best performance, at least since I arrived. He was good in training on Thursday and that is why I decided to start him. Fantastic performance by him but also by the rest of the team.

“He can do it [get 70,000 people off their feet], but again he can also do it only with the team. A fantastic performance. It was not just the three goals today it was also he was part of the team when they were in possession of the ball.

“It was probably our best performance bearing in mind the quality of the opponents. It was necessary, we had to win the game and it will give us a boost for our next game.”