On The Ball

Ten Hag deserves credit for bringing the best out of Rashford

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford bringing the ball forward as Barcelona's Marcos Alonso tries to keep up in their 2-2 Europa League draw on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS
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In these transfer-obsessed times, it is regularly forgotten that part of a new manager’s job is to improve the players he inherited.

At Manchester United, as the club dropped from prominence, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer engaged the conceit that bad players, rather than a lack of direction, were at the heart of the Red Devils’ malaise. 

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