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Ten Hag coy on Neymar to United move, hopes Rashford is back vs Chelsea

MANCHESTER United manager Erik ten Hag has neither confirmed nor denied reports that Neymar will be joining the club this summer.

The Brazil forward, 31, has been heavily linked with the Red Devils in recent days, the reports claiming negotiations are advanced between the club and the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

“When we have news, we will tell you,” he replied tersely.

On the match itself, the Dutchman was optimistic that his top scorer Marcus Rashford, who has missed the last two games, will be fit and available tonight.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) he returned to training. He looks quite fit but we have to see what is the outcome of the training, how did he recover, and then we will make our choices,” he offered.

United are currently fourth, three points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, and a point against Chelsea tonight will guarantee UEFA Champions League football for next season.

Ten Hag wants the Champions League spot wrapped up tonight, even as United have another opportunity on Sunday against Fulham to seal it.

“First, we have to win the game against Chelsea and get the job done. Then it’s about the judgement from others, if it’s a good performance or bad performance or a normal performance,” he said when asked how he rated United’s campaign, which has seen them win the Carabao Cup and reach the FA Cup final.

“We are in a project and we want to go back and win trophies. We win one trophy but we want to win more trophies. We want to compete with the best but we are still in a journey.

“We are still in a journey, but we think we are in the right direction. But we can always be better because good is not good enough.

“We want to compete with the best and then you have to be in the Champions League. So (it is) simple. In the Premier League you have to qualify yourself to be in the first four. That’s not easy because there are many competing for it. Many think they should be in and we are one of them.

“If you want to compete with the best, you have to be in the Champions League, simple.”

There has been a list in circulation purporting to be Manchester United’s list of players to be sold, and it includes striker Anthony Martial.

Ten Hag defended the Frenchman, insisting he has had a decent campaign when fit.

“No (it is not fair to suggest Martial may leave),” he said.

“If you are not available you can’t score. When he was available, we played better, and this team is winning games.

“He is also scoring goals then, but he has to be available.”

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