Erik ten Hag has claimed he always knew Marcus Rashford was capable of the incredible form he has shown this season following Manchester United’s win at Leeds.
Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho scored late goals to give United a 2-0 victory over their longtime rivals on Sunday at Elland Road. United won the match by a score of 2-0.
The England international now has 21 goals on the season, including 12 in his last 15 appearances. He scored another great goal with his head, bringing his total for the season to 21.
However, he already possesses a large number of abilities and a significant amount of potential, and he still has room to grow. Because he is capable of scoring with both his left foot and his right foot as well as with his head, when he performs well he will score even more goals. It is important for him to get into position, but the squad also needs to have the ability to pass in there and cross in there, just like they did tonight. I believe that this is what I was attempting to explain.
If you have a better formation and calmness on the ball, you get a switch of play or you bring an additional pass, just like we did for the goal,” the commentator said. And then ultimately, there was a fantastic cross from [Luke] Shaw, and Marcus was there at just the perfect time.’
Ten Hag wants Rashford to go even further and become the first United player to achieve 30 goals in a season since Robin van Persie did it ten years ago. At this point, Rashford is only one goal away from matching his greatest goal total for a season. He said, “In August or September, you asked me, “Do you think you have a guy in your group who can score 20 goals?,” and I affirmed that we do have a player who is capable of doing so.” I believe he is able to accomplish that.
“Now, if you are satisfied with it, then it will end because satisfaction leads to sloth,” she said. “Now, if you are satisfied with it, then it will cease.” You must continue to invest each day, and as long as he maintains his investment and maintains his focus in each game, as well as bring the energy in and the belief, he will score, and he will continue to score.
“Therefore, I do not know when it will cease, but it must go from game to game and over the week do the appropriate things,” he said. I believe that as a manager and as a coaching staff, we have a responsibility to push him, but in the end, it must come from the player themselves. When he loses concentration, the game will end with a score of ‘clear.’
How Erik ten Hag has made Marcus Rashford a better player
During his interview for the role, Ten Hag vowed that he would help get Rashford back to his best, but few people within United’s hierarchy felt that he could do so in such a short length of time. Despite this, Ten Hag was hired for the position.
The Dutch manager has been at Old Trafford for just over half of the season, and Rashford has already scored 21 goals in all competitions with his assistance. This is just one goal shy of Rashford’s all-time greatest season goal total.