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Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Micky van de Ven claims Marcus Rashford is the toughest striker he has faced

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is currently struggling in front of goal right now having gone ten games without a goal in all competitions for his club.

However, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Micky van de Ven says the England international is the toughest striker he has faced in his career.

The Dutch international joined Spurs from VfL Wolfsburg in the summer and has established himself as a regular for the club, featuring in all of their ten Premier League games so far.

Tottenham ran out 2-0 winners when they faced Man United at home in August, but Van de Ven did not find it easy against Rashford.

“To be honest, the home game against United,” the 22-year-old said on Sky Sports when asked who the toughest striker he has faced so far is.

“Rashford, for me – he is a top player. Of course, Man United are not doing that well in the league. They are in a tough period now, but if you see the quality of Rashford.

“Of course, it is really difficult to play in a team not doing really well, everybody knows.

“But Rashford is, for me when I played against him, it’s like every second of the game he can do this and he can make the goal.

“Every time with the ball, and he is so strong with the ball and without the ball, and for me he is a top-class player.”

Rashford has scored just once and assisted another in ten league games this term, with two assists to his name in three Champions League games.

He has not had a hand in a goal across the last five games and will be desperate to end his dry spell when the Red Devils face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Man United have lost eight out of the 15 games they have played across all competitions this term.

While manager Erik ten Hag has not been spot on with some of his tactics and decisions, Rashford’s poor form has not helped matters.

He finished last term with 30 goals in all competitions to record his highest-ever tally in a season and needs to quickly rediscover that form if the Red Devils are to turn their fortunes on the pitch around anytime soon.

Ten Hag has backed Rashford to do so soon, and the future of the under-fire Dutchman at the Old Trafford club could depend on it.

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