Ralf Rangnick decided to play without a striker in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City as both Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo were ruled out.
That leaves plenty to ponder for Marcus Rashford, who was left on the bench amid doubts over his future at Manchester United.
Discussing the issue, Rio Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel: “What Rashford must be thinking now – wow.
“Maybe there’s a new contract negotiation behind the scenes but if you’re him, you’re thinking ‘How can I stay here?’
“You’re thinking ‘this gaffer does not fancy me. How can I sign this contract when the team would rather play without a striker than play with me?’
“I’m not saying he’s been perfect. If I’m Rashford, I’m thinking ‘this guy doesn’t rate me if he’s going to play two midfielders up front.’”
The Old Trafford legend continued: “He hasn’t played well enough to be selected if Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani are fit.
“It’s a different case when he’s going into a game with no striker. How bad must he be in training?
“How badly must he rate him to go into a game like that?”
That’s something only Rangnick can answer but even when given a chance to come off the bench, Rashford failed to impress.
He had his best chance towards the end of the game but was controversially tackled by Anthony Elanga in the build-up.
With exit rumors on the rise – and a contract running out in 2023 – Rashford really needs to step it up both in training and on the field.