Ten Hag on Rashford and pushing United's 'limits'

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has spoken to the media before Thursday's game against Wolves.

Unsurprisingly, most of the press conference was dominated by the fall-out from Marcus Rashford's ill-advised nights out in Belfast.

Here are Ten Hag's most significant answers:

  • On if he had anything further to say on the matter: "He has taken responsibility. Internal matter, case closed."

  • On if Rashford lacks respect for Ten Hag after three disciplinary cases in 13 months: "It's nothing to do with that but as I said, let's focus on the game, let's move on. The statement is clear and we have to focus on winning football games."

  • Asked if there is a lack of discipline in the squad, Ten Hag said: "Nothing to do with that with me but in football, you need discipline and that is on the pitch but also off the pitch. There is a line between, when every player, every professional knows this, what is required."

  • On whether he can get back to the levels of last season, when Rashford scored 30 goals for the first time - he currently has four - Ten Hag offered: "In the last two Premier League games he scored two goals and got an assist. There is a developing, strong bond between Marcus and Rasmus Hojlund and we want to continue that process."

  • And on United's target for the remainder of the season, the manager said: "We are quite confident and on our best days we can beat anyone. On our worst days, we go down to certain limits of what is not acceptable so we have to push our limits to high levels and on our worst days get our results in. Everyone in the squad is very convinced about this."

  • In terms of team news, Ten Hag says Mason Mount remains out but Andre Onana is available.

  • On having players back and available again, Ten Hag said: "The team will be stronger. When we miss players in crucial positions it weakens the team, especially when you have to swap almost every game with the line-up. First of all, now we have to keep players fit; second, get them into form; and third, when we have all of that, the results will be better."