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Manchester United: Erik Ten Hag will make the club the best in the world

Erik ten Hag was appointed Manchester United manager in April 2022

Erik ten Hag wants to make Manchester United the best team in the world, with Marcus Rashford leading that transformation.

The Dutch manager questioned Paris St-Germain’s interest in England striker Rashford.

United have triggered the extension of Rashford’s contract, which now only expires in 2024.

“I would say this is the best place (for him) to be because we want to construct the best team,” Ten Hag said.

“First in England, then in Europe, then in the world.”

Rashford has scored nine goals in nine games since returning from World Cup duty in Qatar.

With 17 goals already this season, the 25-year-old has scored more than Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial – United’s second-highest scorer – combined.

“I think he understands that Manchester United is his club, but also in this environment he plays his best football,” Ten Hag added.

“This team can help him to be in the right position and to score goals, which he is good at.

“He is important to us and if we want to have the success we want, we need him.”

United visit Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday (20:00 GMT).

It is a chance for United to bounce back from their last-minute defeat at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday, the second league game in a row in which they have dropped points after conceding late on.

The club have not won a trophy since 2017 and if they fail to finish this season, it will be their longest spell without silverware since the nine-year gap between their 1968 European Cup triumph and the 1977 win over Liverpool in the FA The cup.

Ahead of his side’s first visit to the City Ground since their 8-1 triumph in 1999, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær came off the bench to score four times, Ten Hag also defended £82m Brazilian winger Antony.

The 22-year-old has not made much of an impact since scoring on his debut against Arsenal on September 4 and at Crystal Palace last week he traded insults with Fernandes after the Portuguese midfielder complained about a pass being rolled out to a goal. kick.

“He doesn’t lose games,” Ten Hag said. “He plays and the team wins and that already sends a message about how well he is performing.

“He can do better. We want him to be more direct. But the team performs better if he is on the pitch and that is a good thing.”

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