Marcus Rashford was substituted early in the second half of Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, but Erik ten Hag has assured fans that he is fine.
Marcus Rashford’s early exit against Nottingham Forest was deliberate, according to Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, and the England star is fine.
Alejandro Garnacho was sent on to replace Rashford, who had already scored six minutes into the Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg match.
Rashford was elbowed in the chest in the 57th minute, and United added goals from Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes to further humiliate Forest.
Rashford’s withdrawal had raised concerns that United’s hot-shot striker had developed a problem after their collision. The 25-year-old’s substitution, according to Ten Hag, was premeditated, and the England international is OK.
Following the game, the Dutchman spoke with Sky Sports about the event and said, “We already had a replacement in mind. We were in a terrific position because Marcus Rashford did his thing and scored another goal. Alejandro Garnacho is eager to compete in games and accrue playing time.”
Rashford has contributed to Manchester United’s recent run of success after scoring 10 goals in his past 10 games, and Ten Hag will probably rely heavily on the agile attacker in the coming weeks.
Following the game, Ten Hag showered Rashford with praise, calling him “unstoppable.” Old Trafford legend Roy Keane also praised Rashford, praising the effort and commitment the academy graduate has put in.
Keane described Rashford as a “lean, fighting machine” when speaking to Sky Sports. “He is currently at his best when it comes to confidence.
He has recently participated in significant matches for England and a number of games for United. When it comes to making decisions and scoring goals, players occasionally hit a breakthrough.
I believe United needs a striker in the mold of some of the great strikers they have had in the past. Marcus needs to declare that he wants to be the main man in charge of that duty.
Week after week, the top players show up. It’s encouraging to see that he now appears to be relishing that responsibility.”