Roy Keane discusses Marcus Rashford’s form after the Manchester United striker scored again in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest: Marcus Rashford seems to be a “lean, fighting machine,” according to Roy Keane, who complimented the striker for accepting responsibility following his tenth goal in ten games.
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Manchester United gained complete control of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest with a 3-0 victory in the first leg at the City Ground, Rashford opened the score with a magnificent solo run that spoke volumes for the England forward’s present confidence, Keane remarked. You wouldn’t want to go up against him – best wishes, ” Sometimes it’s all about confidence, and that’s where he’s at right now. In the previous several years, he’s played a lot of games for the United and huge games for England. Sometimes a player’s decision-making and ability to put the ball in the back of the goal clicks.
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And they’ve been in desperate need of him. The issue I’ve had about Marcus in recent years is whether he has the personality to stand up to the plate. United have had some fantastic strikers throughout the years, and I believe they are in need of another. Marcus must express his desire to be the guy in charge. The greatest players show up week after week. It seems like he is now relishing that role, which is wonderful to see. When asked whether Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club had benefited Rash ford’s confidence, Keane replied: “When a player leaves the club the burden falls onto another player.
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“He’s 25, not a kid, sometimes when the situation is perfect you may be ready for that. He no longer has the nagging groin ailments; he seems to have cleaned it up. He also seems to be in a good mental state, which is crucial. He believes he took on too much outside of sport, and being a good player is difficult enough. Putting the other things on the back burner and concentrating on becoming a good player for Manchester United has allowed him to get his priorities straight.”
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“His greatest position is out wide on the left, but since Erik ten Hag has come in, he has made a point of bringing him back to his best levels,” Michael Dawson told Sky Sports. He was underwhelming last year and battled with form. What I see today is a totally different player, one who is fearless and self-assured. He isn’t afraid to take risks with the ball at his feet. “If he loses it, he has the air of not being bothered.”
This season, Rashford’s comeback to form has coincided with the arrival of Erik ten Hag, who might lead United to their first trophy in five seasons in his first year in charge.
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“Other players are doing well, but I am satisfied with Marcus,” Ten Hag stated when asked whether anybody in the nation is playing better than Rashford. His performance and growth have improved since the beginning of the season, and he will continue to do so. We must, and of course, he is also accountable, keep that process continuing. In this mentality and energy, I believe he is unstoppable. The squad must then get into the proper places.
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“We have a strategy in place. However, it is also up to people like Rash ford’s insight and inventiveness to generate opportunities. “When you have guys like Rashford, Bruno, Antony, [Anthony] Martial, and Christian Eriksen, don’t forget him, [who can] be creative in the final third and do some crazy things, it also gives the squad some fantasy and adventure.” Ten Hag also dismissed any worries over Rashford’s 57th-minute exit.
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“We have many games, Marcus performed his game, did his thing, scored another goal, we were winning, in a terrific position, and Garnacho is extremely keen to play games, play minutes, and also to get into the squad,” United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “Yeah, we have one (more) game to play. We must also prepare and devise a suitable plan. The players must concentrate.”