Ten Hag urges fans to back Rashford

Friday 26 April 2024 13:45

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reaffirmed his belief in Marcus Rashford's capabilities at Friday's pre-match press conference at Carrington.

The forward missed Wednesday night's 4-2 victory over Sheffield United, after picking up an injury in last weekend's Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City.

Ten Hag implied that Rashford is unlikely to feature in Saturday's match with Burnley, either, but was quizzed by journalists about the player's form and challenging season so far.

The Dutchman is optimistic that the England international can recapture his best form before the season concludes.
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Part one: Press conference v Burnley

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"I have a lot of sympathy for Rashy, of course," began the boss.

"Last year, he had a brilliant season; I think the best in his career. I think it was 30 goals. We can see what he is capable of.

"This season, he hasn't given the performances and people are very critical and I think we have to back him. Everyone should back him and should push him to get back to the levels he had last year.

"I think he needs the support," added Ten Hag. "We all know what he is capable of, so we have to support him, but we also have to push him because he can do better than he is doing this year. We have seen last year, where he was really brilliant."

Rashford was voted the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year last season – making him the first Academy graduate to claim the prize since Ryan Giggs in 1998.

And there have been flickers of great quality from the 26-year-old throughout this campaign, including memorable goals against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Rashford has now scored six times against City, and there is still a big opportunity to end the season on a high, should he help the Reds to overcome our crosstown rivals in next month's FA Cup final.