Rashford shares credit for record season
Marcus Rashford has credited his Manchester United team-mates as the main reason he smashed his personal-best goalscoring season at club level in 2022/23.
The 25-year-old, fuelled by a remarkable run after the World Cup which saw him net 17 goals in 19 games, ended on 30 for the campaign. His previous best tally was 22, in the 2019/20 term.
Those numbers helped him to success at our end-of-season player awards as he claimed the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year prize.
Rashford was also recognised as Players’ Player of the Year, but he believes others in the United dressing room are equally as responsible for his uptick in form.
“I just tried to keep working hard. I've been working hard from the beginning of the season,” Rashford told reporters at an England press conference.
“We didn't start the season very well, but as the team improved, I improved and that's credit to my team-mates because as a forward the only thing you can do is make runs.
“It's up to your team-mates to be able to find the passes and make your runs count. I have some fantastic team-mates that have some extraordinary capabilities and it's a big thanks to them.”
After a long season with the Reds, Rashford's attention now turns to Euro 2024 qualifiers with England against Malta and North Macedonia, the latter game taking place at Old Trafford on Monday 19 June.
The Three Lions, who have six points from two games so far in Group C, are a year out from the tournament and will be hoping to go one better than they did in the delayed finals two years ago.
England were beaten on penalties by Italy in the Euro 2020 showpiece at Wembley but Marcus thinks Gareth Southgate's squad is now stronger and more mature, mainly because of the experience they have gathered – whether it's positive or negative.
“I don’t think it’s about age to be honest. I think it’s just about experiences. I don’t know how many games I’ve played in total, but it’s probably close to 400, something like that,” Marcus pointed out.
“That’s a lot of football matches and a lot of different experiences I’ve managed to get through and learn from.
“For me, it’s not about how old you are, it’s about the experience you’ve gone through.
“There’s a lot of players here who have experienced the biggest occasions and I think that’s massive for us.”