Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed the belief that Marcus Rashford will continue with his form into the latter half of the 2022/2023 season.
The number 10 has scored 12 goals in all competitions in 25 apearances for United this season.
The England international also ended the World Cup as joint-top scorer alongside Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka with three goals.
He returned to club football on the right wing on Wednesday night against Burnley, and scored a superb solo effort, beating two Claret defenders before tucking the ball past goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to make it 2-0 and seal the victory for Ten Hag’s men.
Speaking at his press conference, Ten Hag had nothing but praise for Rashford, stating he has the potential to bag a significant tally of goals this season.
“I don’t want to pin myself on a number,” said Ten Hag. “But I said from the start, I think he is capable to score 20 goals in the Premier League only so I am convinced about that. He now has four but he has scored many other goals. He scored three goals at the World Cup and you also have the potential to score those numbers of goals in the Premier League.”
There has been media speculation that United have been looking into buying a striker in the January transfer window. But when he was asked if he is looking to add to his forward line, Ten Hag praised the current young crop of talent at his disposal and reiterated his recent point that if he was to bring in another striker, the new signing would have to meet the club’s “criteria.”
“I see that it is a good sign that we are fifth but we are aware that we have to score more goals.
“What I just tried to express is that we have to we have to improve on other elements in football. And as you see [against Burnley], we created so many opportunities and we have to be more decisive there. But you worry when you don’t create chances.
“So, I am really happy with the attacking performance that we created seven or eight 100-percent-chances, but is clear we have to score more.
“There are two things. One, a striker could come from our own club, see Garnacho, see Elanga, see Pellestri who made a good impression at the World Cup and also last week in the [behind closed doors] game against Everton. So that is first.
“And yes, we are aware that we lost a striker, so we do have to get a striker in. But it has to be the right one. And the right one has to bring the quality and not just add to the squad. Because that gives you only problems and you know the criteria is high at Manchester United.”