Erik ten Hag claims Man Utd star is ‘unstoppable’ & rates title chances after Man City win

Manchester United moved to within six points of first-placed Arsenal thanks to Saturday’s win in the Manchester derby.

Erik ten Hag claimed Marcus Rashford is ‘unstoppable’ after he scored the winner in Manchester United’s Premier League victory over Manchester City.

The Red Devils came from behind in the Manchester derby to win 2-1 on Saturday, thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ controversial equaliser and Rashford’s decisive strike a few minutes later. That was the seventh game in a row United’s no.10 has netted, continuing his recent excellent run.

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag seemed to imply in a TV interview that Rashford needed to learn how to deal better with the physical demands to play in his team, something the United boss clarified in his post-match press conference.

“I don’t think I said that he has to learn, I think he learnt already,” said Ten Hag. “He knows how to deal with it. He knows that in top football you have to suffer and sacrifice.

“You have your painful moments, especially a player like he is, he’s unstoppable. Opponents will go tough against him to stop him, but you have to deal with it. I think he is capable of it.

“He keeps going and keeps focusing on his chances. In the end he got rewarded and the team got rewarded.”

The win over City on Saturday leaves United just a point behind the champions in the table and are now just six points off table-toppers Arsenal. Unsurprisingly, Ten Hag was asked if he feels his team are in a title race.

“The fans may dream but we’re not,” he responded. “We have to keep our feet on the ground and then face that our game has a lot to improve. It can’t happen that after half-time we lose so much control of the game, for instance, and then getting down is unnecessary.

“When we do the right things, when we follow the right rules, when we step up at the back in earlier moments we can control such moments and do the same as the first half. But it’s also top football, the small details have a big impact and we have to keep working on that and keep investing in that.”