Marcus Rashford’s recent struggles have not gone unnoticed by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. The English forward, who netted an impressive 30 goals across all competitions last season, has only managed to find the back of the net once this campaign. This lack of form has coincided with United’s poor start to the season, with the team suffering nine defeats in their opening 17 matches.
Rashford’s frustrations reached a boiling point during United’s UEFA Champions League clash against F.C. Copenhagen, where he was shown a red card in a devastating 4-3 defeat. However, Ten Hag remains optimistic about Rashford’s ability to bounce back. He believes that once the team starts performing better, Rashford will regain his scoring touch.
“He is not happy. We are not happy,” Ten Hag expressed. “He has high expectations from himself, and at the moment, he is not in his best form. But I know he will be back. When the team is playing better, he will play better and score goals. I am confident of that. This season, he will improve and score. He’s totally in the team and aware of everything. He will be back on track, and it can happen very quickly. Sometimes you only need one game, and I’m sure he will get there.”
Looking ahead, United will be aiming to turn their fortunes around when they face Luton at home in the Premier League. The Theatre of Dreams, which was a formidable fortress last season, has become a happy hunting ground for visiting teams in recent times. United have suffered four defeats in their last six home matches, including back-to-back 3-0 losses against Manchester City and Newcastle United.
Despite these setbacks, Ten Hag believes in his players’ ability to bounce back from disappointment. He pointed to previous victories against Fulham and Brentford as evidence of their resilience. However, he acknowledges that the end result is what truly matters and emphasizes the importance of winning every game.
“I think we often proved we can, like at Fulham, Brentford, this team can overcome big setbacks,” Ten Hag stated. “It’s about the end result, and we have to win every game, so we are very disappointed. Finally, it’s about the end result, and it’s always about a process, thinking about it, and then managing the process, which is what I focus on.”
In conclusion, while Marcus Rashford’s form has dipped, Erik ten Hag remains confident in the forward’s abilities. He believes that once the team starts performing better, Rashford will regain his scoring touch. United will be looking to bounce back from their recent disappointments when they face Luton at home, aiming to turn the Theatre of Dreams back into a fortress. Ten Hag believes in his players’ resilience and emphasizes the importance of winning every game.