You have licence to attack – Erik ten Hag tells Manchester United star

Marcus Rashford
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will give Marcus Rashford the licence to attack in his 4-3-3 system, according to Daily Mail.

The 24 year old England international struggled last season under Ralf Rangnick, scoring just 4 goals and providing 2 assists.

Marcus Rashford’s lack of confidence, dwindling passion and poor stamina saw him occupy the bench more often than not for United after he returned to the squad following his shoulder surgery.

Despite his struggles last season, Rashford has expressed his desire to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place in Ten Hag’s team.

Ten Hag hopes to get the best out of Marcus Rashford next season. The Dutch manager has a track record of helping out-of-favour stars rediscover their best form and expects to do same with Rashford.

During his time as Ajax boss, Ten Hag helped resurrect the careers of Dusan Tadic, Daley Blind, Davy Klaassen, Ryan Babel, Maarten Stekelenburg, Quincy Promes, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Sebastien Haller.

Haller was a club record signing for West Ham but flopped massively. However, Ten Hag revived him at Ajax, with the striker scoring 34 times in 43 games.

Ten Hag intends to help Marcus Rashford get back to his best by highlighting his key attributes and emphasising the importance he has on the team. 

Ten Hag will implement his favoured 4-3-3 at Manchester United next season and will also look to give Rashford the licence to attack out wide.

According to Daily Mail, Ten Hag will encourage Manchester United to be patient in their build-up play and press with intensity.

The Dutch tactician will also ask the Manchester United players to use the left-hand side of the pitch for combinations and the right-hand side for 1v1 situations.

The new Manchester United boss is known for his attacking, front-foot football and is hoping to replicate it at Manchester United.

While Ten Hag intends to give Marcus Rashford opportunities to rediscover his best form, he will need to show the Manchester United boss that he can score goals and create opportunities if he wants to be a regular starter.

The Manchester United forward will also need to demonstrate his ability to initiate combination play and dynamism in attack.

Ten Hag will also look to transform Rashford physically after expressing his concern over the fitness levels of the Manchester United squad last season. 

Rashford already anticipates that and has been working hard on his fitness in the United States ahead of pre-season later this month.