‘Rashford is not a bad player’ – Onana backs Man United teammate

Onana Rashford

Andre Onana has backed Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford, insisting he is not a bad player.

The 26-year-old England international has not had the best of form this season and has come under heavy criticism.

Rashford was left out of England’s provisional Euro 2024 squad, leading to suggestions his future is away from Old Trafford. Onana however does not believe the United academy graduate is as he is being portrayed.

“We are talking about the same player. So now he’s a bad player? No. You can have a bad season or a bad start but the most important thing is how you end,” the Cameroon goalkeeper said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

“Rashy, for me, is one of the best players in the world. But he is facing difficulty. It’s not only him and me but the whole club.

“But he will come back. I know my killer will score some important goals for us. Hopefully against City he will score two and we win the FA Cup.”

Onana also spoke about manager Erik ten Hag whose future at Old Trafford is up in the air after a dismal season, insisting the Dutch tactician is not a bad coach.

“He’s a good guy, he’s a good coach. Tactically he is very good,” Onana continued.

“He showed it last season. I was not here last season and they end in the top four [of the Premier League].

“Like I said, this season a lot of things are happening. I’m not here to back him; he’s big enough to back himself, sorry. But he’s a really good guy. He’s a positive coach. And tactically he’s good.”

Onana went on to touch on the FA Cup final against rivals Manchester City and asserted that the Red Devils are motivated to win the trophy for a 13th time.

“We know how good City are. They are the best team at the moment and we lost twice to them already,” the ex-Inter Milan shot stopper added.

“But we are motivated. Beating them wouldn’t make it a successful season. Playing for this club, I don’t think winning the FA Cup is enough.

“But it would make things look better. We go there to win.”

Man United and Man City met in last year’s final with the Citizens winning 2-1 en route winning the treble.

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