Manchester United’s manager indicated that Marcus Rashford’s resurgence was primarily due to better confidence rather than managerial sorcery. Erik ten Hag said that he is “not Harry Potter.”
Ten Hag on rashford’s resurgence
The manager was questioned about his part in the England star’s comeback during the pre-match press conference before tomorrow’s FA Cup match with Reading.
“I’m not Harry Potter, you know! Stated Ten Hag. “Just confidence. Each player must develop their confidence.”
“Of course, with my coaching staff, I bring in structures, especially in the method of play that gives him the routines he needs to get into the appropriate position. He pushed for this. He invested in this.”
“But ultimately, it’s up to him, the player, and when the player has the confidence then I’m persuaded in the way we’re working – the style of play is most essential, but also the environment and the culture are crucial, and then a player can perform at his best.”
Marcus is obviously in the excellent physical and mental condition right now. The daily routines are becoming increasingly ingrained, from training to training and from game to game.”
“The frontline is growing stronger, which makes me feel good. Then they can profit more from one another.”
“For instance, In the early half of the season, we had many frontline problems. We frequently played games without players who were completely mentally and physically healthy.”
“Now, it is much more the case, and Marcus can gain considerably more from such circumstances.”
Erik ten Hag on what he has done to transform Rashford’s form: “I'm not Harry Potter. It's just confidence. Every player has to make and get his own confidence. He fought for this, he invested in this.” #MUFC
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Marcus Rash ford’s red-hot form
The 25-year-old’s most difficult campaign came after his agonizing penalty shootout failure in England’s defeat to Italy in the 2021 European Championship final.
Rashford didn’t play for United until mid-October after undergoing shoulder surgery following the tournament. After an early run of goals gradually dried up amid harsh criticism of the forward.
However, the forward was able to push rewind over the summer, and a brilliant preseason under new manager Ten Hag allowed him to get back to his best and be recalled to the England squad.
Rashford has a streak of 10 goals in as many games and made an impression during the winter run to the World Cup quarterfinals.
Ralf Rangnick decimated Rashford’s confidence, but he has found a manager in Ten Hag who believes in him.