Marcus Rashford opens up about how ‘priceless’ pre-season has helped him

Last campaign, Marcus Rashford failed to produce anything close to his brilliant best, but after a terrific pre-season, he’s hoping to make an impact in Erik ten Hag’s side.

When the youngster burst onto the scene in 2016, he looked destined to become an Old Trafford legend. In the years that followed, he showcased his incredible speed and eye for goal en route to winning the Europa League, an FA Cup and a League Cup.

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However, in 2022-23, he descended on a devastating downwards spiral. Granted, he wasn’t the only player to struggle during Manchester United’s worst season in recent memory, but he certainly received the most criticism from the media.

On one occasion, the abuse from the fans upset him so much that he allegedly stuck his middle finger up at a supporter who’d hassled him after a match. However, now that the nightmare from last year has come to an end, he’s working hard to get his career back on track.

As per The Manchester Evening News, Rashford couldn’t wait to play under the club’s new boss. And it appears that the Dutchman has worked hard on repairing his forward’s confidence.

Marcus Rashford has enjoyed pre-season

It’s fair to say that Erik ten Hag has arrived with a bang. United’s 2022-23 preparations couldn’t have gone much better, with the club winning three games and drawing the other. The squad arrived in Thailand and produced a stunning 4-0 victory over Liverpool. They then flew to Australia and battered Melbourne Victory 4-1.

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The Manchester club continued their unbeaten streak with a 3-1 demolition job over Crystal Palace and a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. After years of disappointment, fans are beginning to believe that this is the season they re-enter the title picture.

Supporters are in for a treat if Rashford can perform in the same manner he has over the past few weeks. The 24-year-old has looked excellent so far and found the back of the net twice.

In an interview with the PA news agency, the forward revealed that he feels revitalised ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

He said: “It’s priceless to have the pre-season I’ve had. Sometimes I don’t take much note of it as the next season just rolls onto the previous one. But this year, I’ve had time to break, rest, recover mentally and physically, and then I’ve had a proper pre-season. I feel really happy. I’m pleased I managed to do that.”

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