Erik ten Hag reveals Marcus Rashford motivation and offers Harry Maguire update

Marcus Rashford has been backed by his manager  (REUTERS)
Marcus Rashford has been backed by his manager (REUTERS)

Erik ten Hag believes Marcus Rashford can use his omission from England’s Euro 2024 squad as fuel to power him on in the FA Cup final and to spur him back to scoring form with Manchester United.

Rashford, who has been in England’s squad for the last four major tournaments, was dropped by Gareth Southgate when he named a 33-man training squad, with his international manager saying other attackers had enjoyed better seasons.

The 26-year-old has had a troubled season with United, scoring only eight goals and failing to find the net in his last eight appearances and may only be on the bench against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.

But Ten Hag is tipping Rashford, who has scored 131 goals in 401 games for United, to return to form in the future, saying: “He looks good and that is the career with ups and downs so a down can also be fuel, that is what I see in training. He will be highly motivated, he is highly talented. He has already a big career. I am sure he will get over this and get even more goals.”

United will be without Harry Maguire for the FA Cup final after the defender failed to recover from a muscle injury in time. “It just he didn’t heal as expected,” said Ten Hag.

But Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount and Anthony Martial are all available while Ten Hag is at least able to call upon four specialist centre-backs, in Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Jonny Evans and Lindelof.

Ten Hag defended his record as he point out that he could win a second piece of silverware in two seasons at Old Trafford. He added: “It's all about trophies but you need an opportunity to win a trophy. So last 10 years, not so many trophies in this club but we have an opportunity to win two trophies in two years.”