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Erik ten Hag sees better days ahead with Marcus Rashford’s Manchester United partnership



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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is adamant that players returning from injuries and the relationship between Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund will see his side return to their best days.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Premier League match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Erik ten Hag oozed confidence as he appeared excited about the upcoming busy schedule for Manchester United.

He said: “We are quite confident, and on our best days, we can beat anyone.

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“On our worst days, we go down to certain limits of what is not acceptable, so we have to push our limits to high levels and, on our worst days, get our results in. Everyone in the squad is very convinced about this.”

Ten Hag also noted the importance of players returning from injuries and how that will help Manchester United get their season back on track.

He said: “Players are coming back from long-term injuries and the team will be stronger, it helps the motivation and it helps the mood and the spirit of the team.”

Lisandro Martínez had his first start in four months at the weekend against Newport County after being out with a metatarsal injury.

Casemiro and Luke Shaw also started for Manchester United for the first time since after long-term injury problems, with Harry Maguire coming off of the bench after sustaining a groin injury against Bayern Munich in December.

Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelöf could also return soon as the 29-year-old has returned to training after undergoing a minor surgery.

Ten Hag also commented on the relationship developing relationship between Marcus Rashford and summer signing Rasmus Højlund.

The 53-year-old manager said: “So, last two Premier League games, two goals, an assist. There is a developing, strong bond between Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund, and we want to continue that process.”

Both Rashford and Højlund scored last time out in the Premier League in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Before that, Rashford assisted the opening goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup and scored against Nottingham Forest at the end of last year.

Højlund has also continued his impressive form as he scored the killer blow in the weekend’s FA Cup clash with Newport County, which finished 4-2 to Manchester United.

Rashford recently made the news after missing training due to illness after being seen partying in Belfast on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

But, Ten Hag was quick to shut down any speculation regarding this matter in today’s press conference, saying that Rashford has taken responsibility for his actions and the matter is resolved.