Erik ten Hag has urged Marcus Rashford to become more clinical and quickly put his failed Europa League achievements behind him.
The Dutchman was speaking after watching his side sneak in a final breathless 1-0 win over Cypriot team Omonia Nicosia on Thursday.
United produced a barrage of attempts on goal, leaving Scott McTominay the match winner with his side’s 34th attempt to break the deadlock.
The Red Devils’ ineffectiveness in front of goal was marked by Marcus Rashford’s debauchery as the England man squandered ten of the hosts’ efforts for no reward.
“He did a lot of things right, but finally he knows he needs to be more clinical and score a goal,” Ten Hag told reporters ahead of Sunday’s visit to Newcastle United.
“When you have such good moves, you make such good combinations, you have such good moves, you have to finish.
“But I know sometimes it’s the game, it’s not your night and it’s about the form of the day.
“But it could change in another game because I think he’s doing really well and you can see it in the opportunities he creates.
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“Now it’s two games that he had a bit of bad luck. On Sunday [against Everton] he deserved a goal, but they canceled it. He didn’t score today and maybe it was more alone, but I say save it for next week.”
Rashford has scored five goals this season, which is already equal to last season and despite a bad night in front of goal, Ten Hag remains convinced he has a player at his disposal who can reach 20 goals this season.
He said: “Yes, I have the most confidence in it. In my teams there are the players who will score.
“They get into position, so ultimately the last part is also about the freedom of the player – the intuition, the space they have to occupy.
“And if they have that feeling, then you see players if they have the talent, if they have the potential, they will score that number of goals.
“I think we have players in our roster who can score that number of goals, but you can also divide it up because we have a lot of goalscorers in the whole attacking department.
“But I think we also need something from the midfield and the defensive department.”
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