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Erik ten Hag sends Marcus Rashford strong message amid poor Man Utd goalscoring admission



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Erik ten Hag has told Marcus Rashford what he must do in order to reignite his Manchester United goalscoring form.

Marcus Rashford has only scored one goal so far for Manchester United this season, which comes as a surprise considering his 30-goal campaign across all competitions.

He has been the main man under Erik ten Hag‘s Old Trafford reign so far, rightly earning plaudits across the football world for his performances last season; but this campaign, not so much.

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Rashford took nine shots against Brighton during the club’s 3-1 loss a few weeks ago, but failed to score – his only goal this season so far came during United’s 3-1 loss against Arsenal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League tie against Galatasaray, Ten Hag has explained that Marcus Rashford must “work hard and invest” in order to regain his form.

“The facts are that he is not scoring at this moment but also he had opportunities. For instance, the game against Brighton, he had five or six occasions that he was in a very good spot”Ten Hag explained to the press on Monday afternoon.

“If he works hard and if he invests every day, and goes into every game with the right focus, and if the team around him supply him and help him with movement, it will come. Marcus Rashford is a player who is always capable to score in every game. When he is coming in the right spots, he will score.”

Ten Hag was also asked about how he deals with underperforming players, explaining that those who are not playing to their expected standards must show character to rebuild their form.

“You have to deal with it and experienced players know how to deal with it,” he said. “It’s not the first time that we are in such a situation, players we now mentioned are in such a situation, because a career is not only highlights.

“The journey will go with bumps, gaps will be in between. Now it’s about the character, individual character, as a team, what you have to show to get out [of it]. As you see, there are many, many positives in our game but also some lacks and we have to work on the lacks, keep the positives but work on the lacks and deficits we have in our game.”