Ten Hag and Rashford Speaks to the Press Ahead Of Match
Ten Hag and Marcus Rashford speaks to the press at Bangkok ahead of there preseason match against Australian side Melbourne. However, he spoke about the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and also the way the team is shaping. Marcus Rashford spoke about the team in general stating how fit the team have become.
Ten Hag Talks about Ronaldo’s absence
The Dutchman said “We made a statement and nothing has changed. “We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans and we want success together. “He’s not with us and it’s due to personal issues. I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me.
“What I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together. I didn’t speak to him after (the news).”
He also added “I think Manchester United has a huge potential, and really good players. “We have experienced players, but also a lot of young guys, young boys, who have a lot of potential. Now it’s to get the potential out and therefore we have to work really hard. “Man Utd is famous for it. Marcus Rashford is one, eh? It’s a symbol of the academy of Manchester United and there will be more talents coming after.”
The Dutch man also confirmed the availability of Harry Maguire saying: “(Maguire) is available for tomorrow. “We will see. I think he can play half a game. It is pre-season but football you play to win. In the end, it’s always important winning. “But of course it is pre-season, we have to develop our team, so that is also a really big target for the game.”
Marcus Rashford Talks About The Team
“For me it is a fresh start, something I am looking forward to. “The first two and a half weeks of training has been good. We have improved a lot and we’re a lot fitter than last season. “We have a lot of room for improvement. I’m in a good place right now. I am looking forward to getting more games under my belt and getting ready for the season. “It is a lot easier to make mistakes in a team that is winning. “Individually it is the same thing. It is a lot easier to come back and improve when you make mistakes in a winning team. When you are losing it is difficult.
“It has not been natural to have a long break, just under four weeks, long break physical and mentally. “It is an opportunity to refresh. I am ready to go again. “This is my first year I have been with the team since the beginning [of pre-season]. “I feel a lot better than usual, when I go away with the national team and come back part-way through preseason. It is important to get a fresh start. I feel fresh and ready.”