Keane ‘not surprised’ by Ten Hag’s ‘unstoppable’ Rashford

Keane ‘not surprised’ by Ten Hag’s ‘unstoppable’ Rashford

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Marcus Rashford can be “unstoppable” when Manchester United play to their strengths, believes Erik ten Hag, and former captain Roy Keane was not surprised when he delivered against Everton on Friday.

Rashford was the star of the show in a 3-1 win that sent United through to the FA Cup fourth round.

The England striker set up the first set for Antony at Old Trafford and then showed great skill to force Conor Coady into an own goal that nullified the Everton defender’s previous equaliser.

Rashford scored the third goal himself, sending an injury-time penalty at the end of a display manager Ten Hag described as a “90-minute threat”.

Keane, in his role as ITV pundit, said: “The nice thing about seeing Marcus tonight was that I expect that from him now. I’m not surprised by what I saw.

“Hopefully he will be one of the main players for United; Can he get her to win trophies again? He takes responsibility.

“Tonight, with two assists and one goal, I think I expect that from Marcus every week now. He obviously plays with confidence.”

Confidence is undoubtedly key for a player who has scored in five straight games and seven straight at Old Trafford, but Ten Hag also stressed the importance of his team-mates.

“It’s about putting him in the right position,” he said in a press conference. “He has to do it but make sure we create spaces as a team for him to come [with] his strengths.

“Marcus is doing really well, but the team is also doing really well to get in the right form.

Really good team performance and gladly crowned with a goal

— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 6, 2023

“That way he can bring his strengths to bear, and I think then he’s unstoppable, with his speed, with his dribbles, with his directness.”

Ten Hag, like Keane, is confident Rashford can maintain those high standards going forward as United retain an interest on four fronts this season.

“Of course you measure goals as a striker [and] Assists,” added Ten Hag. “Today he had two assists and one goal, that’s great.

“He has fantastic ability and if he has that mental stability then he can go on.

“It’s asking a lot, first from him, also from us as a team, as an organization to make sure we have the right environment and the right culture. If he stays that focused I’m sure he can keep this process going.”

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