Ten Hag backs Rashford after Neville criticism

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has defended his striker Marcus Rashford after he received criticism from Sky pundit Gary Neville, following Thursday night’s 4-3 defeat to Chelsea.

“He’s not right, and it’s not just a case of him not playing well, he doesn’t look happy,” Neville said on his Stick To Football podcast.

“I’m looking at him and thinking, I am worried about him. We know there’s been a couple of instances this season, he’s come under pressure and his form has been bad, but I look at him and think that’s not right. It’s not a lad that’s grown up with the freedom and spirit of playing for Manchester United as a kid.”

However, as United prepare for Sunday’s game against Liverpool, Ten Hag took the opportunity to defend his player.

“Lately his form is progressing,” said the boss. “I think he has a big motivation because he wants to be successful with us.

“He wants to score goals but he wants to win trophies and we still have a chance in the FA Cup. He wants to fight for a Champions League spot and the Euros are coming so I will say his motivation should be high.

“He can change the momentum. Before Brentford he scored three goals in three games.”