Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag says Marcus Rashford must work hard to take back his place in the team.
Rashford has struggled all season and lost his place in the team in a 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday. The England international has only managed to score two goals in 19 games this season.
Rashford is an incredible, good player, says Ten Hag
Ahead of Saturday’s match against Bournemouth, Ten Hag said Rashford will get back into the team when he deserves it, like Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire.
He said: “So Rashford is an incredible, good player. You can’t do it with 11 players, he can’t play every game, he’s not in this moment in the form he was last year but I am sure he will get there. What I said about Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire: up to them.
Ten Hag added: “The team will always line themselves up and the best players who form the best team will play. I think we have a squad and in the squad there is internal competition. If you want a successful season you need more than 11 players. Finally, as in every season, it will turn and in every season it’s what is the best team. From when they were here, they (Maguire and McTominay) are great players and played into the team. That’s what you expect from every player, there has to be dedication to aim for this.”
Ten Hag: we are improving as a team
Manchester United now is in sixth place in the table, three points behind Manchester City and nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
Ten Hag who won the Premier League Manager of the Month award on Friday said: “So we know where we are going and we had our setbacks, especially at the start of the season. Things went against us with injuries, decisions and sometimes you find yourselves in such a place. You have to deal with it, you see the character of the team and we fought back. We’re in a better place, in better form. The performances are increasing, we are improving as a team and as individuals, you see we get strong belief. But you have to be sharp in every game, this league is very competitive and you see it in results recently this week. Everyone kills everyone so you need to be ready for every game.”