Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag again backs Marcus Rashford

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag again backs Marcus Rashford to return to scoring form after a poor start to the season and Copenhagen red card as Reds face must-win game with Luton

  • Rashford has managed just one goal in 15 outings for United this season
  • His season hit a fresh low when he was sent off in defeat to Copenhagen
  • ‘It’s Erik ten Games’ – surely he has to beat Luton now – It’s All Coming Up 

Erik ten Hag has again backed Marcus Rashford to come good despite the Manchester United star’s poor start to the season.

Rashford finished as United’s top scorer with 30 goals last season, and was rewarded with a new £300,000-a-week contract in the summer.

But he has found the net just once in 15 games this term, and hit a new low in Denmark on Wednesday night when he was sent off in United’s Champions League defeat to FC Copenhagen.

But Ten Hag once again threw his support behind the misfiring forward, and insisted that Rashford will rediscover top form.

‘I think he is not happy, and we are not happy,’ said the United boss. ‘He has high expectations for himself and in this moment he is not in his best form.

Marcus Rashford has scored just once in 15 matches during a disappointing start to the season with Manchester United

The forward’s season hit a new low on Wednesday night when he was sent off during United’s Champions League defeat to Copenhagen

Reds boss Erik ten Hag has backed Rashford to rediscover his hot form from last season

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‘I know he will be back and when the team is playing better, he will play better and score goals. I am confident in that. 

‘He will improve and score goals this season. He is totally aware of everything, so he will be back on track.

Man United fixtures 

Premier League unless stated

Saturday Luton Town (H)

November 26 Everton (A)

November 29 Galatasaray (A)

Champions League group stage

December 2 Newcastle United (A)

December 6 Chelsea (H)

December 9 Bournemouth (H)

‘It can happen very quickly. Sometimes you only need one game and I am sure we will get there.’

Ten Hag’s side have lost nine of their opening 17 matches this season across all competitions, but the manager told his doubters to ‘trust the process’.

‘We have to win every game so we are very disappointed to lose any game but finally it is about the end result,’ he said.

‘It’s always about being in a process, thinking about a process and managing the process. That is only what I focus on.’

Ten Hag was asked if he could still trust his players to gain positive results in adversity after they threw away a 3-2 lead in the final minutes on Wednesday night. 

‘We often proved we can, like at Fulham or Brentford, that this team can overcome big setbacks’, he replied. 

With the international break looming, United can’t afford any more slip-ups as they host struggling Luton to Old Trafford on Saturday.

‘I think they had some more good performances and results, we are fully aware of that,’ Ten Hag said of the Hatters.

‘In the Premier League there is no easy game, you have to play at your best, at your highest levels, every single game.’

United need a reaction after suffering their ninth defeat in the opening 17 games this season


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