Erik ten Hag believes ever-improving Manchester United star Marcus Rashford can turn out to be a 40-goal-a-season ahead.
The 25-year-old pressed reset final summer season after probably the most chastening 12 months of his profession, kicked off by his heart-breaking penalty shoot-out miss in England’s Euro 2020 closing defeat to Italy.
Post-tournament shoulder surgical procedure saved Rashford sidelined and an preliminary flurry of targets on his return rapidly dried up amid widespread criticism.
But a priceless pre-season underneath new boss Ten Hag led to a resurgence, with Rashford scoring his thirtieth objective of the season in all competitions in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Chelsea.
Rashford’s finest haul noticed him turn out to be the primary United participant to succeed in 30 targets since Robin van Persie a decade in the past, however Ten Hag believes the very best is but to come back.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement in his game,” the United boss mentioned forward of Sunday’s Premier League finale towards Fulham. “I’m convinced he could score even more.
“I think when you take, for instance, the last 10 games, he didn’t score so many goals. I think only two or three.
“So, yeah, he can improve but I am happy from where he was last season to what he did now, that he brings himself back.
“We supported him where we could, with the way of play but also in his mental mindset, so we are happy with that.
“But, yeah, we have to push for more and I am sure he’s capable to score 40 goals in a season, to make also for him the next step.”
Asked if Rashford’s kind takes the stress off getting a striker in the summertime, Ten Hag mentioned: “We need across the squad more scoring abilities.
“You can’t be dependent on one. But it can also come from this squad, but we need more scoring abilities.”
Ten Hag has pressured the necessity for additions and inner enhancements after a promising first season within the dugout.
United received February’s Carabao Cup and face Manchester City within the FA Cup closing after wrapping up a Champions League return with a recreation to spare.
“We have to look to ourselves,” Ten Hag mentioned concerning the subsequent step. “We want to win the cup but that is for next Saturday and we have to do everything that’s in our power.
“I think in many aspects we can improve with this group of players, with this team. I know where we have to improve. I think there is a lot of room for improvement, yes.”
Ten Hag feels “fantastic in this club” and says Manchester seems like a house away from house, the place the response to folks he meets on the road is “absolutely positive”.
That suggestions could be even higher from the pink half of the town if United can cease rivals City’s treble cost at Wembley within the FA Cup closing.
Asked if the FA Cup closing was a free hit given what they’ve achieved already and City’s standing or an opportunity to ship an announcement, Ten Hag retorted: “Both not.
“But after I was right here one 12 months in the past, I mentioned we needed to win trophies. We have received one, so we need to go for the very best.
“But that may be a lengthy, great distance, it’s going to be a challenge. That’s not over one 12 months. We’re speaking over one to 3 years.
“But when there’s a possibility to win a trophy, for each participant it’s huge.
“I’ve to depend however there will not be so many gamers in our workforce, in our squad who’ve received the FA Cup. The FA Cup is large for everybody on the earth.
“You can have won the Champions League, you can have won so many titles, but when you have the opportunity to win the FA Cup, it goes all over the world, global-wide, a huge reputation.
“I know from the Netherlands how big the FA Cup is, so we have the opportunity to win that.
“We are also realistic (that) it’s not going to be easy but I can assure you one thing: we will give everything that’s in our power to get the cup.”