Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes Marcus Rashford can continue scoring provided he maintains his current focus.
Rashford took their tally for the season to 13 with an added time penalty as United defeated a determined Everton side in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
The England man has now scored in five consecutive games for the first time.
“Marcus has fantastic skills and when he has that mental stability he can go on,” said Dutchman Ten Hag.
As well as his penalty, Rashford claimed the assists for United’s first two goals.
He crossed for Antony’s effort in the third minute, then beat Seamus Coleman before teasing Conor Coady into putting the ball in his own net as United won the third round tie 3-1.
Rashford is now just nine goals shy of his best tally in 2019-20 and Ten Hag believes the 25-year-old can keep that momentum going.
“It demands a lot of him and us, but when he stays focused like that, I’m sure he can continue that process,” he said.
While Ten Hag regularly delivers public praise for his players, even someone at Rashford whom he kicked out of his starting lineup at Wolves for poor timing less than a week ago, other voices more demanding are also favorable.
Former United skipper Roy Keane is notoriously hard to please, but he believes Rashford has taken his game to another level.
“Tonight’s beauty is what I expect from him,” he told ITV. “I’m not surprised by his performance.
“He is becoming one of Manchester United’s main players. He takes responsibility. I expect goals and assists from him every week now because he obviously plays with confidence.”
If there is any concern, it comes from the extent to which United rely on Rashford at a time when Ten Hag expresses concern over the ‘burden’ of his players in a busy period which includes the Old Trafford derby the next week with Manchester City followed by high-profile trips to Arsenal and Leeds United.
Anthony Martial is United’s second top scorer with five, while Antony is third on the list with four.
Rashford says he is playing at his “best” level. Ten Hag thinks there is more to come.
“Clearly he can work on his weaker foot and on his head, but on other skills he is very good,” the manager said.
“It’s also about putting him in the right position. Marcus is doing very well, but the team also has to work so that he can bring his strength and be unstoppable with the speed of his dribbling.”
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