Ten Hag: Our attack will click

Thursday 23 November 2023 11:03

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reiterated his belief that he believes it is only a matter of time before forwards Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund start scoring in the Premier League.

The boss was originally quizzed by beIN Sports about Rasmus Hojlund, and whether the Denmark forward has too much pressure on his shoulders.

The Scandinavian striker, who missed his country's recent internationals due to injury, is yet to open his Premier League account, but has already picked up an impressive five goals in the UEFA Champions League, a fact which was noted by Ten Hag.

"If you score in the Champions League five times, you will score also in the Premier League, it's just a matter of time," the Dutchman said.

"As long as we, as a team, are creating the chances, and as long as he is convinced, I believe he will start scoring goals."

Early team news for Everton clash


The latest on the injury front from both sides in advance of Sunday's Premier League game at Goodison.

Ten Hag then moved on to consider Rashford, who has notched one goal in the Premier League so far this season but is yet to match the magic he produced for the Reds last season, when he netted 30 goals in all competitions.

The manager said: "He has proven it across all his career. He's scored more than 100 goals already in the Premier League. 

"He scored last season; 30 goals, so there will come a moment in this season that it clicks."

After being asked whether our no.10 is perhaps overthinking his game as he goes through this period, Ten Hag reflected that this is a problem not uncommon to forwards across the game.

"I think every striker, in the moment, has a period that he is not scoring," the Dutchman said. "And then every striker starts to [over] think and when it happens, you know you were right and then you missed a moment because you have only a split moment.

"In the Premier League, Champions League, opponents defend so well, not only as individuals but as a team. 

"You have to take benefit from that split moment to make it count that you have that half-a-yard split second and score a goal."

The two forwards will be hoping to repay the manager's belief with next up, on Sunday, a trip to Everton in the Premier League, scheduled for a 16:30 GMT kick-off at Goodison Park. However, Hojlund must prove his fitness first after picking up an injury.