Man Utd news: Ten Hag explains Benni McCarthy’s role in remarkable Marcus Rashford revival | Football | Sport
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Man Utd news: Ten Hag explains Benni McCarthy’s role in remarkable Marcus Rashford revival | Football | Sport

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has praised Benni McCarthy for his work with Marcus Rashford but the Dutchman also cited there are other members of his coaching staff to thank for the England international's stunning revival. The 25-year-old forward is quickly approaching the 30-goal mark in all competitions having found the net for the 27th time this season in United's 1-0 Europa League victory at Real Betis.

Rashford has been firing on all cylinders both domestically and in Europe this season having also struck three times for England at the World Cup in Qatar.

The red-hot attacker endured the toughest season of his professional career last term when he struggled for form and confidence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, respectively.

But now it seems his struggles are well and truly behind him having elevated his game to the next level.

While ex-Porto, Blackburn and West Ham striker McCarthy is receiving a lot of the plaudits, Ten Hag believes Rashford's turnaround has been courtesy of a collective effort from his staff.

"I think the most important of course is the way of play that gives him base and structure and the way of play is in his favour. I knew his skills," Ten Hag said ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with Fulham.

"You also bring staff around who can make him better and make him progress and he can get motivated from. I thought we needed one of the staff who was specific for strikers and Benni is doing a good job.

"But don’t forget others in the staff because it is about teamwork. The staff is about balance. It is not only about Benni McCarthy.

"All have specific jobs in our squad, we work together, it's a good vibe and they challenge each other and it is the total package and it is not about one person."

Despite their frustrating dip in the Premier League, United can still add two more trophies to their collection this season with the FA Cup and Europa League.

United picked up their first piece of silverware of the Ten Hag era in February when they ran out 2-0 winners over Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

Rashford was right at the heart of their success having netted six times in six games during the competition.

He is now operating on another level and is undoubtedly among the most in-form Players in all of world football at this moment in time.

McCarthy's impact on the United talisman has also made an impression back home in South Africa where Orlando Pirates striker Ndumiso Mabena has been highly complementary of his idol's work at Old Trafford.

“He’s been my role model ever since I have been playing football,” Mabena said of McCarthy, his footballing hero in February. “Seeing him coaching at Manchester United makes me proud.

“Ever since he got there, Marcus Rashford has been scoring regularly. We have to learn from him. He has done well consistently.”

United are looking to book another Wembley trip this weekend when they seek to avoid an FA Cup upset against high-flying Fulham, who have lost their last two Premier League matches to Brentford and Arsenal.

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