Marcus Rashford has praised Manchester United and his family for aiding his development throughout his career so well The striker burst onto the scene with an impressive brace against FC Midtjylland and Premier League rivals Arsenal. He capped off his impressive debut season at United by earning a place in Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad after he scored for his country on his debut against Australia at the Stadium of Light.
The talented 18-year-old netted an impressive eight goals in 18 appearances at Old Trafford this season which established himself as the first-choice striker towards the latter end of the campaign. In the light of that, Rashford has hailed his academy coaches claiming that they have played a massive part in his own personal success.
“The academy’s ethos played a big part in my development – this club want to win at every level and that is what they strive to do. Paul McGuinness and Colin Little have been very influential coaches whilst I have been in the academy. Every player develops from the moment they join the academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.”
The Englishman added that Manchester United is the perfect club for any youngster to develop at as you are looked after brilliantly in all aspects.
“Every player develops from the moment they join the academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.”
Rashford, who grew up in Wythenshawe, revealed he is living the ‘dream’ by pulling on a shirt with the United crest on week in week out, although, he admitted his first team call up was completely unexpected and his initial aim at the beginning of the season was to cement a starting place in the under 21’s squad.
“I would say the step up to the first team was the most significant. At the start of the season my aim was to cement a place in the U21s team. So to get the call up to be included in the first team was like a dream come true. To play football in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford is what most young boy’s dream of doing.”
Despite the FA Cup success, many Red Devil’s fans view the youngster as one of the very few positives in what was an underwhelming reign as manager from the Dutchman, Louis van Gaal. The striker went on to reiterate once again that United is very much a ‘family club’ and described how he would not be where he is today if it was not for his brothers.
“This is a family club and to have coaches like Nicky Butt preparing you for that step up is invaluable, because they have been there and done exactly the same thing so they know how it feels. My brothers also helped me get where I am now, because they got me into football.”
For me, this upcoming season is vitally important for Rashford. United have got to use him correctly and keep him within the first-team set up, which Jose Mourinho’s early comments indicates that he will do just that, it has been portrayed this season that the club has quite possibly got a real player on their hands so United cannot let that go to waste. He has bags of potential and scored some really important goals for the club already last season and it certainly looks like he can only get better. Similarly to Anthony Martial, he loves to take people on and in many ways he plays without fear which in my opinion can only mean positive things as he is not scared to try stuff. He will continue to learn off experienced forwards such as Wayne Rooney and the newly signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been one of the most prolific goal-scorers throughout his career, so my expectations are very high when it comes to Rashford and I feel he could be a very important player for many years to come at the club.