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Man United manager Erik ten Hag stands firm behind Marcus Rashford despite form struggles

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stood by Marcus Rashford after recent criticism from Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville.

Ferdinand questioned whether Rashford had the ‘right people’ around him as he struggled to find form.

Ten Hag said ahead of United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday (via ManUtd.com): “I think lately his form is progressing and so the time will always be right. 

“I think he has a big motivation because he wants to be successful with us. He wants to score goals, but he wants to win trophies and contribute and we still have a chance in the FA Cup. 

“He wants to fight for a Champions League spot and the Euros (European Championships) are coming so I will say his motivation should be high. 

“And the form, that is a moment and he can change the momentum always. Before Brentford, he scored three goals in three games.”

Pressure is on Rashford to rediscover form

Rashford scored 30 goals in 56 appearances across all competitions last season. He was United’s talisman and expectations were even higher this term.

His poor form has drawn criticism from pundits and United supporters. The England international has bagged just eight goals in 37 games this season.

Ten Hag has continued his public support for Rashford but dropped the forward from the starting XI against Chelsea on Thursday.

Antony and Alejandro Garnacho starred on the wings at the Stamford Bridge. The duo combined in stunning fashion to score United’s third goal.

The former Ajax manager brought Rashford on for Rasmus Hojlund in the 66th minute. 

The 26-year-old produced a disappointing performance. He distributed the ball eight times and failed to take any shots or make any key passes.

Many fans were critical of Rashford because he did not show enough desire to press from the front and jogged rather than sprinted most of the time.

The €60 million-rated forward must do better if he is given a chance against Liverpool.

A defeat on Sunday could realistically end United’s hopes of securing a Champions League place next season.

It could also mark the end of Ten Hag’s tenure at Old Trafford, considering the uncertainty surrounding his future.

Stats from Sofascore.com & Transfermarkt.com

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