Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has revealed that there is a new excitement around the training ground following the arrival of Erik ten Hag as the new Red Devils boss.
United had a horror campaign last time out, going from title challengers to having to settle for Europa League this season courtesy of finishing a lowly sixth.
And while they are yet to sign a player this summer, they are set to sign Tyrell Malacia and are in the hunt for both Lisandro Martinez and Frenkie de Jong in the coming days.
However, things have been complicated by star man Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave, which could leave Marcus Rashford as one of only two recognised strikers at the club alongside Anthony Martial.
Cristiano Ronaldo situation 🔴🇵🇹 #MUFC
▫️ CR likes ten Hag, but asked to leave also because he wanted new signings;
▫️ Man Utd insist he’s not for sale, as they want him to stay;
▫️ Mendes will push again with many clubs, PSG not working on it;
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 2, 2022
Rashford keen to get started
Following a season to forget both personally and as a club, however, Marcus Rashford is keen to get back on the pitch and put lessons from his new coach into action.
“We have got that feeling of excitement and that buzz around the training ground again and so it is definitely positive going into pre-season”, the striker told the Manchester United website.
“It is just about, one, getting the principles right of how Erik wants us to play and the details, and, two, enjoying it.
“In the first week of training we have done both and everyone is looking forward to going on the tour and putting what we have done in training into the first games”, he added.
“It is a fresh start for everyone and for me personally I have had quite a long break, a nice camp before coming back into training, and how we are starting off on the right foot.
“Like I said, everyone is looking forward to pre-season now and going out to try to put into the games what we have learned in training so far, and what we will continue to learn, not only in the pre-season but throughout the season as well.”
“I have definitely not had that much rest before in a summer break, so it was a little bit strange at first and I had to adjust my program a little bit, make it a little bit longer, so I could come in with a positive look on everything, and like I say we are excited to go away [on tour] now. You feel every day now you are getting that one step sharper and one step fitter to being ready for the season.
“I don’t think I have had a proper pre-season since 2019 so for me it is definitely a positive thing. I feel like I probably needed that time to switch off a little bit and me having that time enabled me to refocus a lot earlier than I expected to be honest. It [the break] was just a few days over four weeks and I always split it in half, so I had two weeks when I was just relaxing and a little over two weeks when I was training so it’s been a good period for me.
“Like I say, I feel ready and focused so when that first game does come it’s good to know you have done almost six weeks of training beforehand. It will definitely be a positive.”
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