Marcus Rashford thinks Erik ten Hag’s tactical approach at Manchester United has helped him cement a turnaround in form this term, ahead of the final Premier League game before the break for the World Cup.
The forward struggled across a difficult 2021-22 campaign at Old Trafford, struggling to hold down a place in the United team and slipping out of the England reckoning.
But a superb start to the new season, with eight goals across 18 matches in all competitions, has seen him emerge at the spearhead of Ten Hag’s United revolution.
Rashford certainly feels the Dutchman’s arrival has helped reignite his talents and believes it comes down to the shift in play developed by his new manager.
“I am more effective,” he told The Sun. “I am in more dangerous positions and that’s what it’s about for me. I can help the team win games. I can score goals and get assists, and that’s the aim.
“It’s probably the playing style we have created, better quality of chances and playing forward-thinking football. “He likes possession, but he is also in favour of us going for the kill. I am enjoying my time under him.”
7 – Excluding penalties, Harry Kane (9) is the only Englishman who has scored more goals than Marcus Rashford (7) across all club competitions this season for an English top-flight club. Instinct.
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A defeat to Aston Villa last week checked United’s momentum in the Premier League, though they gained revenge by dumping Unai Emery’s side out of the EFL Cup in midweek, with Rashford finding the net again.
Ahead of a trip to Fulham on Sunday in their last match before the World Cup, the forward was determined to ensure there was no further slip-up, adding: “We dropped points last weekend and we can’t afford to drop more back-to-back.
“So it’s important for us to put in a big performance and get a win. It will be the last time we play together for a while, so it is important to leave with good energy, positive vibes, and momentum. You don’t want to leave on a loss.”
Rashford will have a busy mid-season break, having been recalled to the England fold by manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup in Qatar.
The Three Lions get their campaign underway in Group B against Iran on November 21, before further matches against the United States and Wales.