Consistency is the key for younger players says Meulensteen


Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at Manchester United during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about consistency amongst the young players being the key to them earning much bigger roles at the club. The likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jesse Lingard were mentioned by the Dutchman, all of whom has performed well, but not consistently during the past season. Martial is a player who excited United supporters during his debut season, but in his second season, he was not the same threat. This could have been down to tactics, adapting to a new manager of things which were developing in his private life.

Marcus Rashford is another player mentioned, one who has surprised many during the last season and a half, introducing himself with a brace in both his UEFA Europa League and Premier League debuts, continuing that rise to fame and earning his place in Jose Mourinho’s team last season although he was playing out of position for a large part of the season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing as the main striker. at least until injury curtailed his season and quite possibly his United career. Rashford is a decent player, but consistency is something which he will need in order to become the main striker at the club, which is in his remit and certainly something which will come with experience.

Jesse Lingard is another player talked about by the former United coach, a player who seems to be hated by many and appreciated by few, but he can still do much for his club, scoring three goals at Wembley in just over a year, two of which helped United lift major honours; the Emirates FA Cup and the EFL Cup, also scoring in the FA Community Shield, another trophy United picked up at the start of the season. Lingard may never be that player who will be likened to Cristiano Ronaldo and the like, but he does have his uses – consistency though is something which is needed for him to play a much bigger part for United. Meulensteen, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said:

“Jose Mourinho has played Anthony Martial a few times down the middle but the thing with him is there is a difference in playing in the Premier League and playing for Manchester United. You have to turn up every single game and not put in a few good minutes. This is what these young players have to come to terms with. They have to reach a level where, no matter their form, they have to make a difference. That is the standard required for Manchester United and Mourinho will now be expecting this from his players, not only Martial but Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. They have to ensure that they perform week in, week out when they’re called on.”

If Mourinho can get the likes of Martial, Rashford, and Lingard all playing consistently to a good standard, all three will have great futures at the club. Lingard is the one who may always be a peripheral figure at the club with the former both exciting players who can change a game, providing they post put in the effort, which with Rashford seems to come naturally, but with Martial needs to be tempted out of him, most of the time at least. This coming pre-season and the new season which will follow it will be important for the trio and other youth players when given the chance to earn their place in the team. Consistency is the main thing needed to become a player that offers a lot to the team.

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen, including his thoughts on how Morata should be Mourinho’s top target this summer.

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