Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised Marcus Rashford for overcoming a bad miss to score the winner in their 1-0 victory at Real Betis on Thursday.
Rashford scored the game’s only goal in the 56th minute as United sealed their progress into the Europa League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate win.
The goal was Rashford’s 26th for the season, although it came after spurning a gilt-edged chance, showing resilience to bounce back.
“I think he missed two big chances but then he can deal with that,” Rashford told reporters.
“That is important for a striker, you can deal with not every chance can be a goal. He will always be in the position he can score and he has to be focused on that.
“He keeps trying and he got his reward. It tells you something about the team performance and something about him (his goal record).
“We have discussed a lot about the issue from the start of the season: if Rashy keeps his focus and makes sure he has the energy, the way we play, the way he has to play in that system and style, he will come into scoring positions and then it’s about him.
“He has the abilities to finish. That’s what I try to explain (to you) – also good strikers must know not every chance is a goal. On this level, you don’t create five or six chances in a top game so one of the two (chances) has to be in.”
United’s progress keeps them in the hunt for a European title, having already lifted the League Cup, while they’ll compete in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday against Fulham.
“It’s a big game on Sunday,” the Dutchman said. “We know that so we have to do everything what is in our power to get that done.
“We have less time, we know, but we can manage that. We’ve done it several times and also Sunday, we must get the energy, get the focus and get ready for the start. It’s the FA Cup and a big fixture, a big match for us. After Sunday, we will see – it’s the international break and we can refocus.”
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