Last season, Marcus Rashford was only behind Bruno Fernandes in terms of goal involvement at Manchester United while playing through pain.
As such, the academy graduate, after returning to full fitness, was expected to be one of United’s most important players in a campaign where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to deliver big. Come the new year, the Norwegian has been sacked while Rashford is going through the toughest period of his career.
Part of that could certainly be blamed on a managerial change, which has forced the 24-year-old to dabble across different positions and roles yet again under new boss Ralf Rangnick – whose approach is day and night compared to his predecessor. Bruno Fernandes has likewise been a shadow of himself.
Rashford, nevertheless, is desperate to improve and fulfil his potential. According to the Telegraph, he has put himself through triple training sessions, and spends up to 12 hours a day at Carrington.
He has also approached Cristiano Ronaldo for help, quizzing the club legend not just about his diet, but also what specifically his muscle mass was at Rashford’s age.
The Englishman, whose natural talent has been described as ‘phenomenal’ by other senior players, has no doubts about his ability. And with a little bit of support and patience from the coaching staff and his experienced teammates, he is likely to get out of his current slump sooner than later.
As Ralf Rangnick said after the Aston Villa game, a goal would be good for Rashford.