Ten Hag gives Rashford outrageous goal target for next year as Man Utd look to step up transfer talks for Harry Kane | The Sun
ERIK TEN HAG has set Marcus Rashford a 40-goal target for next season at Manchester United.
The 25-year-old has become the first Red Devils star to find the net 30 times in a campaign since Robin van Persie achieved that feat a decade ago.
However, his manager has instantly challenged him to not only repeat that feat but produce even more next term despite ramping up efforts to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
United are desperate for a new No.9, and The Telegraph claims that they are “expected to step up their pursuit” of the England captain this summer.
But even if they land Spurs’ all-time record scorer, who reached 30 top-flight goals for the campaign on the final day win at Leeds, Ten Hag still thinks Rashford can be even more prolific.
He said: “I think yes. There's a lot of room for improvement in his game.
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“I am convinced he can score even more. When you take, for instance, the last ten games he didn't score many goals. I think only two or three, so yes he can improve.
“I am happy from what he did last season to now that he brings himself back. We supported him where we could, with the way we play but also in his mental mindset.
“We are happy with that, but we must push him more. I think he's capable of scoring 40 goals in a season. So for him that's the next step.”
Even though Rashford has enjoyed a stunning campaign in front of goal, Ten Hag admitted that he still wants to add more firepower to his frontline.
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He added: “Across the squad we need more scoring abilities.
“You can't be dependent on one. But it can also come from this squad.”
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