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Erik ten Hag press conference: Rashford future; Ronaldo starting; Brighton loss

Toby Cudworth
Erik ten Hag cut a frustrated figure after Manchester United's surprise defeat to Brighton
Erik ten Hag cut a frustrated figure after Manchester United's surprise defeat to Brighton / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he does not want to lose Marcus Rashford amid transfer interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Dutchman was asked about the future of Rashford at his weekly press conference, this time ahead of the trip to Brentford.

United opened up their Premier League season with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford, and must now bounce back against a Bees side that fought back from two goals down last Sunday to earn a point at Leicester.

Cristiano Ronaldo was also on the agenda, in regards to whether or not he will return to the starting lineup, while Ten Hag also gave an update on the fitness of Anthony Martial.

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Will Marcus Rashford leave Man Utd?

"He's a really important player, you have seen from the first day I'm here, I'm really happy with him, I don't want to lose him, he's definitely in our plans at Manchester United."

Will Cristiano Ronaldo start against Brentford?

"He had a good training week, I thought he played a little bit longer than half an hour, he's had two half games and for the starting XI we will see tomorrow. My decision, I keep it."

Is Anthony Martial still injured?

"Anthony Martial will not be available and Victor Lindelof as well, not for this weekend."

Is Ten Hag happy with Man Utd's transfers?

"I'm happy, I think we're cooperating really well, I cannot tell about any individuals, I cannot talk about players under contract at other clubs."

Ten Hag's thoughts on losing to Brighton

"What I always do after every game: I analyse the game, what went well, what went wrong, where can we improve, what do we have to improve, how we can train and we tell the players and show them how to improve to get solutions.

"We learned a lot but I think it's normal when you start the season, that part is the same, the team get together, the way we're playing, new start and you make mistakes, football's a game of mistakes. We know we have to improve in many things, clear."

Does Ten Hag feel the pressure managing Man Utd?

"I know there is always pressure, I have the experience, how it is, I know we have to win every game, I know the fans, I know everyone expects to win every game, we have to deal with that and all I can do is prepare the team as well as I can this weekend."