After receiving a 20-goal target from Erik ten Hag, Marcus Rashford is expected to play at the center of the Manchester United attack this year.
The Dutch coach appears to have given Rashford his full support at the beginning of this campaign and thinks United can compete with their bitter rival Manchester City for the Premier League title.
And many in the Red Devils’ dressing room apparently want the English attacker to start ahead of famous wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo because he has three goals and two assists in just six league games.
The manager wants Marcus to be United’s No. 1 striker and lead the line up front, according to a source who also disclosed Rashford’s new season goal and hierarchy position.
He believes Marcus has the ability to become one of the world’s best and wants him to express himself in matches.
‘He is always telling him to use his pace and skills when he gets a chance. He told Marcus he will easily score 20 this season.
‘They have a great relationship and Marcus is really happy.’
It is plain to see that the 24-year-old has already struck up a fine working relationship with Ten Hag, after the rejuvenated showings from the England forward, who is set to be recalled to the Three Lions side.
With five contributions in six games in all competitions, Rashford has become one of United’s top providers this season
Having endured a torrid time last time out, first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and latterly Ralf Rangnick
Although last season he was second fiddle to Ronaldo, who has yet to register this season and had a terrible night in front of goal against Real Sociedad, Rashford managed just five goals and two assists in 32 appearances.
The source continued, “The players feel free to express themselves as long as Ronaldo starts off the bench.”
There is pressure on the team with Ronaldo on the field. Although they were all happy to see Ronaldo return, they are disappointed that he missed pre-season.
Ronaldo relies on instinct, but Ten Hag’s technique doesn’t work with him since he isn’t quick enough.