Erik Ten Hag has once again heaped the praise on Man United attacker Marcus Rashford following the Englishman’s goalscoring heroics during Saturday afternoon’s Premier League derby against rivals Man City.
Despite falling behind following a second-half goal from substitute Jack Grealish, United managed to complete a sensational turnaround with Bruno Fernandes scoring an equaliser before Rashford netted an 82-minute winner.
The Red Devils’ number 10 may not have been on the pitch come the game’s second half though.
Appearing to injure himself in the first half, Rashford looked unlikely to emerge from the Old Trafford tunnel after the break, but remaining committed to the cause, the talented 25-year-old stuck at it and his manager has recognised the resilience the academy graduate showed.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ten Hag, as quoted by BBC Sport, said: “Players have to be resilient. You get kicked in a game. It happened and it hurts but you have to keep going. You have to do it to get the right result and performance. Deal with the painful moment and the game will go on. In top football you have to suffer and sacrifice to get the right result.
“The belief is back and we’re in a good direction. You have to work out of possession [against teams like City]. They have qualities in split-moments to score goals. We saw that today. One mistake and they scored.”
Following today’s massive victory, United now sit third in the table – six points behind leaders Arsenal and just one behind City. The side’s next domestic fixture, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, is set to be an away tie against Crystal Palace.