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Erik ten Hag’s response when asked about the secret to Rashford’s form at Man Utd.


Man Utd ace Rashford found the net against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground [Twitter/@Manutd]
Man Utd ace Rashford found the net against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground [Twitter/@Manutd]

“I'm not Harry Potter. Confidence [is important] and every player has to make and get his own confidence. He fights for this, and he (Rashford) invests in this.”


Those were the words of Erik ten Hag when a journalist asked about the current form of Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford.


On Wednesday night, the United forward Rashford found the net again in their Carabao Cup 3-0 away win against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.





It was Rashford's 10th goal in 10 matches in all competitions since returning from the Qatar 2022 World Cup.


The win over Forest means United now have a three-goal advantage going into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford next Wednesday.


But before that match, Ten Hag’s side host Paul Ince’s Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday night.


However, when Ten Hag was asked how he helped transform Rashford this term, he replied: “I'm not Harry Potter.




“Confidence [is important] and every player has to make and get his own confidence. He fights for this, and he invests in this.


“With me and my coaching staff, we bring structures and especially with the way of play. That gives him some routines [with] what he needed to get into the right position, but finally it was up to him.


“If the player has confidence and he is confident in the way we are working - the environment and the culture are also important - then the player can perform at his best.


“Marcus is obviously performing at his best at this moment and he is in really good shape, from day to day, game to game, training to training. More and more routines are coming in.”



The Dutchman continued: “I think the front line also now gives me a positive feeling that they are getting stronger.


“That gives me the feeling that they can all benefit from each other.


“In the first part of the season we had many problems in the front line, and we often had games where we didn't even have players who were 100 per cent physically and mentally fit. Now I think it is much more that case and Marcus can now take much more benefit from certain situations.”




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