If Marcus Rashford wants to continue to be one of Europe’s most effective attackers, he must avoid “laziness,” according to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
In Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Leeds, Rashford, 25, scored his 21st goal of the year with a header.
The England striker is now one goal short of matching his highest season total from the previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 2019–20 campaign.
Ten Hag remarked, “I don’t know when it will cease, but if you are happy with it, then it will.”
“Additionally, you need to maintain investing every day since satisfaction leads to indifference. He will continue to score if he maintains his investment, maintains his focus, and brings his passion and belief to every game.
“He possesses the talent to score with his head, right, and left. It has to do with him taking up position.”
Rashford, an Englishman, is currently 19th all-time in United goals scored with 114 goals in his professional career.
Additionally, he has been in excellent form since the World Cup, scoring 13 goals in 15 appearances. The only games in which Rashford hasn’t scored are three of those games. Ten of them had successful outcomes. Only one resulted in a loss, at Arsenal.
When questioned if the forward is the finest in Europe right now, Ten Hag responded that Rashford is “certainly one of them,” which is understandable.
Rashford had a poor 2021–22 season, scoring only twice in his final 28 appearances of an injury-plagued campaign and totaling just five goals across all competitions.
Even this season, before scoring in back-to-back games at the end of October, Rashford had only five goals in his first 13 outings.
When Ten Hag became United’s manager in May of last year, he stated that he had every confidence he could make Rashford better.
Ten Hag declared, “I was convinced right away. “I was quite eager to collaborate with him. I believed I could elicit more from him.
He is so talented and has so much potential that there may be even more.