September 25, 2023

Marcus Rashford has been challenged to finish the season with as many as 35 goals by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

Rashford hit the net for the 20th time this term as the Red Devils recovered from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 Premier League draw with Leeds United on Wednesday.

The England forward has scored 12 goals in 14 appearances since returning from the World Cup and has almost three times as many goals as United’s next highest scorer Bruno Fernandes, who has seven to his name.

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With Rashford on course to comfortably surpass the most prolific campaign of his career to date of 22 goals in 2019-20, Ten Hag urged him to keep aiming high.

“[There is] much more to come and we have months to play, important months,” Ten Hag told the club’s website. “We have to get into a position where we can win trophies.

“Until now, where we are, Marcus has had a big impact in this season.

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“I remember at the start of the season, I was questioning can he score 20 goals. Now he has that marker, he has scored 20 goals, but now it’s about getting more.

“He has to challenge himself to get 30 or 35, but most focus has to be on the next goal and if you have that focus, you will see where you end up. But most important is that we win as a team.”

Rashford travels for Sunday’s return fixture at Leeds having scored twice in his past three away league games, after only netting once in his previous 18 top-flight road trips.

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