Rashford: I hope United's youngsters have the same journey as me
After committing to a new five-year contract at Manchester United, Marcus Rashford says that he wants others to follow the same journey he did, in order to maintain the club's incredible 85-year record of having a homegrown player in every matchday squad.
Marcus's new deal was announced on Tuesday, as an in-depth interview with last season's Sir Matt Busby and Players' Player of the Year followed on Wednesday morning.
In the interview, which also features former Red Wes Brown, the Wythenshawe-born Academy graduate was asked about United's long-standing record that extends back to 1937.
"[It's] massive," he said. "[It's] massively important, and it's a part of the club's history and the DNA now.
"It's a huge part of the club and, you know, I hope that it continues because at the end of the day, if you're from Manchester and you get the opportunity to play for the club that you support, it's a huge honour.
"I hope that more people get to experience it."
Marcus's new contract comes as the Reds gear up for our pre-season tour of America, as well as a handful of other friendlies. In these matches, young players are set to be handed the opportunity to impress Erik ten Hag in the first team.
Rashford says that when Academy players come up to the senior side, he tries to help them as much as possible, as this was the route he took when he broke through back in 2016.
"Yeah, 100 per cent [I try and give advice] and I'd always encourage that because for me, football is just about experiences and you know, you can meet some young players and they've played in the biggest games and you can share those experiences with players younger than them. So it's not necessarily about age.
"I think once you've played at a club as big as this and you've experienced playing in front of 75,000 fans, 76,000 fans, and you've played in finals for the club, you've been involved in big moments, there's always something that you can you can pass on. Whether it's small or huge, it's a help.
"So, I always encourage the younger lads to speak up when they want to speak up and I think it helps them settle in as well, especially with this manager because he's having them train with us a lot more frequently as well.
"So we want them to settle in so they can play the football and, you know, enjoy it. There's a lot of young lads that have played, under-18s and reserve football from young ages, from 16, 17. So in their age group they [are] the experienced ones, so when they come up with us they can take things from us and then pass it down to to their age group.
"I remember when I first started training with them, that's exactly what it what it was like. I was going up with them, I was getting information from the experienced lads. Wazza [Rooney], Carras [Carrick], Juan [Mata]. And then after a few times when I'd go back down, I'd start to share what I was learning with my age group.
"And that's how the club is so close, really, and I think it's a special thing about the club."