Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has issued a challenge to Marcus Rashford to reclaim his spot in the team, following the forward’s benching in the midweek victory over Chelsea. Despite Rashford’s impressive tally of 30 goals in all competitions last season, his recent form has dipped, with only two goals in the current 2023/24 season.
During a press conference, Ten Hag acknowledged Rashford’s talent but emphasized the need for squad rotation, stating that no player can feature in every game. He expressed confidence in Rashford’s ability to bounce back to his previous form. Ten Hag cited examples of other players, such as Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire, who have forced their way back into the starting lineup through improved performances.
Highlighting the unpredictability of player dynamics, Ten Hag explained that the best players in training would form the best team each week. He drew attention to the resurgence of McTominay and Maguire, both of whom were initially expected to leave the club but have since become integral parts of the squad.
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Scott McTominay, in particular, has been in impressive form, securing a consistent spot in the starting lineup with impactful performances, including scoring both goals against Chelsea. Maguire, despite facing potential departure during the summer, has kept notable players like Raphael Varane out of the team.
In Rashford’s absence from the starting XI against Chelsea, Alejandro Garnacho and Antony showcased their abilities on the flanks, adding to the competition for places in the squad.