Erik ten Hag lamented the fact that he had to deprive Marcus Rashford of the opportunity to set a record by replacing the in-form forward in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Reading..
No player has scored in ten consecutive appearances for Manchester United at Old Trafford, and Rashford, who was tied with Busby Babe Dennis Viollet, had scored in each of his previous nine games. He was then substituted midway through the second half after having a first-half goal disallowed against Paul Ince’s side.
Ten Hag, on the other hand, cited United’s packed schedule, with his team set to play nine more games by March 5 and being the only English club still competing in four competitions..
“Yes, it’s a pity for him, and for him, we had to take him off because there are so many games coming up, and we need to keep him fresh,” he said, adding that he deserved the goal. It would have been a first.
And we are aware of this, but in the long run, we require him. The disallowed goal is frustrating, and I don’t believe it was disallowed.
However, Ten Hag stated that his squad is large enough to compete on all four fronts, and that he will not complain about their heavy workload, instead viewing it as an opportunity for players to bond..
“I don’t complain, we know what the fixture schedule is,” he added. We must deal with it. We have squads that are large enough to deal with it, and players enjoy playing. When you play the same game over and over, you develop routines..
Ten Hag added, “This is a fortress, but as always, the next opponent will be more motivated and we have to be aware of that and it gives us confidence, clearly, but you have to make sure that you are in the right focus and get the right energy for the next game..
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