Fri 17 March 2023 | 10:02

Ten Hag hails Rashford after surpassing Ronaldo with 25th European goal for Manchester United

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised Marcus Rashford after surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo's record.

Manchester United

beat Real Betis with one goal on Thursday in Spain to qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals stage with a 5-1 aggregate victory.

Marcus Rashford

scored his 30th goal of the season for club and country in this match. The English forward also surpass Cristiano Ronaldo's European goalscoring tally for Manchester United to become their sixth-highest scorer in European football with 25 goals.

"The team was creating some chances,"

Ten Hag said.

"Rashy had some chances before and he missed some but he kept his belief, he kept trying, and got his reward.

"All good strikers know that not every chance you will get a goal but at this level, you don't create five or six chances in a game so one of the two has to be in.”

Ten Hag added:

"(His form) tells you something about the team's performance. It tells you something about him.

"If he keeps the focus, and makes sure he has the energy, the way, and the way he has to play in that system and style, he will get in scoring positions and then it's about him, he has the ability to finish.”

Ten Hag also praised

Bruno Fernandes

and insisted that he is a key player for his team.

"He is very strong, very good recovery,"

Ten Hag said.

"He is a very good athlete, he has so much energy, and he can play in so many roles.

"Tactically he is brilliant, he can play in roles and we can benefit from him, we can overload areas, we can outplay opponents, we create good situations and create chances.

"He is very important in the counter press, and pressing or transitions. He is a good example for the team.

"In recent weeks, he has been in brilliant form and he looks like he is getting better from game to game.”

Asked about the most pleasing aspect of the victory, Ten Hag told BT Sport:

"No red cards, no injuries. We have a big squad, but not that big.”

"I think all the players did very well,"

he said.

”Those who came in put in a good performance. We not only have 11 players, we have a squad."



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