There are quite a few Manchester United players who are desperate to impress this summer but perhaps none more so than Marcus Rashford, who has just one year remaining on his contract.
The 24-year-old has struggled to shake off the injuries which plagued his preparations last summer and endured his worst campaign at United last season, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick preferring Anthony Elanga over him.
Rashford now finds himself at a crossroads, with his future as a Manchester United player on the line. Speaking ahead of this summer’s pre-season kicking off at the end of this month, Rashford has explained what the summer preparations are like.
“We all enjoy getting away and spending that time together,” Rashford is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website. “Being away from home for so long, it’s [the team is] like your little family.
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“It’s going to be a nice feeling. We’ve not been able to travel because of Covid, and it’s something that we’ve missed. It’s always a big part of our pre-season so it’s exciting to be able to go to those places again.
“It’s all about experiences and just enjoying having different platforms to perform on. For a club like United, it’s important to play at some of the biggest and most popular stadiums around the world, and luckily for us, we’re getting the opportunity to do that.
“It’s going to be a new experience for some of us and it’s important to embrace it and enjoy it.
“At the beginning of pre-season, you want to get your fitness levels up. [You want to] get back to what it’s like to play in the Premier League.
“When a team changes its identity and changes the purpose of the football, it’ll be quite obvious to see. I think you’ll be able to see it.”
There’s not a true Manchester United fan out there who is not absolutely desperate for Rashford to overcome this troublesome patch and return to the frightening winger we came to adore.
Erik ten Hag, who signed a three-year contract earlier this year, will most likely make that his mission as well. The Dutchman has a profile of deploying potent wingers and at full throttle, there are not many wingers capable of what Rashford is.
Prior to this season, the Wythenshawe-born star scored 20+ goals in consecutive seasons whilst also notching up double figures in assists. Ten Hag will be desperate to reignite that fire.
Poor Manchester recruitment… similar like previous years, same old story, scout here and there and end up with useless and retiring aged players…no visions at all. Pls stop be a commercial club…..