Man Utd boss Ten Hag hails goalscorer Rashford after victory at Leeds


Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was delighted with Marcus Rashford in victory at Leeds.

Rashford struck in the 2-0 win on Sunday.

"He's definitely one of them," Ten Hag said of Rashford's elite status. "He has the skills. I was convinced from the first moment, I was really excited to work with him, I thought I could get more out of him.

"But he has so many skills and such high potential and there can be even more. When he works well he will score even more goals because he can score with his left, right and his head.

"It's about him getting into position but also the team has to have the capabilities to pass in there and cross in there, as they did today. I think that is what I wanted to describe.

"If you have better formation and calmness on the ball, you get a switch of play or you bring an extra pass, like we did for the goal. And then finally, a great cross from Shawy and Marcus was in the right time there. And once again it is a good move by Wout Weghorst at the front post."

Rashford is a goal shy of equalling his season-best tally of 22 in 2019-20 and no United player has broken the 30-goal barrier in a single season since Robin van Persie in 2012-13.

Ten Hag suggested Rashford could end that wait with the best part of four months of football still to play.

"You asked me, 'do you think you have a player in your squad who can score 20 goals?' in August or September and I confirmed. I think he can do that.

"Now, if you are satisfied with it then it will stop. Because satisfaction goes to laziness you have to keep investing every day and when he keeps the investment and keeps the focus in every game and bring the energy in and the belief, he will score, he will keep scoring..

"So then I don't know when it will stop but it has to go from game to game and during the week do the right things. I think as a manager, as a coaching staff we have to push him but finally it comes from the player. When he loses focus, the scoring will stop, clear."