United's top scorer – who has bagged 28 goals in all competitions this season – hobbled off the pitch late in the second half, 10 minutes after setting up Anthony Martial's victory-sealing goal at Old Trafford.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ten Hag took aim at the hectic fixture calendar he feels is putting too much strain on top-level players. The Dutchman said:
"We have to wait; [Rashford] doesn't look well. Once again, that is due to the schedule. It can't be that you play three games in six days; we have to protect our players."
"He's a great player, a great personality."I'm so happy I have him in my squad."Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag lauds Scott McTominay and provides an injury update on Marcus Rashford after their win over Everton.🎙 @TheDesKelly pic.twitter.com/rvhKyL556fApril 8, 2023
This Saturday lunchtime kick-off came less than 72 hours after United's last game: Wednesday's 1-0 home triumph against Brentford.
Ten Hag's side are in action twice in the space of four days again next week – they host Sevilla in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday night, before travelling to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Beating Everton cemented United's place in the top four of the Premier League: with nine matches to go, they sit three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham – who they face later this month – having played a game less.
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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...