Rashford in United Review: I give my life for the club
In an interview with United Review, our historic match programme at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford outlines just how excited and passionate he feels about the future at Manchester United.
The homegrown hero is set for his fifth season as a first-team player, which begins on Sunday when the Reds host Chelsea in the Premier League at 16:30 BST.
It has been a busy summer for Marcus, after signing a new long-term contract with his lifelong club and featuring in all six of the pre-season fixtures.
Now, the popular 21-year-old is feeling optimistic and focused on the challenges posed by the campaign to come. With a young, hungry and ambitious squad, he feels that success will be achieved.
“For me it was just about getting the new contract out of the way and solidifying that I’m here for the club. It’s about getting the club back to where it belongs, what everybody knows Manchester United are.
“I give my life for the club and that’s the most important thing. For me, when you’re in a squad with a lot of young players who share the same ambition and have the same drive, I can only see us succeeding.
“It might take us some time, but if we all stick to the game plan, work collectively as a team, and we’ve got a good manager who knows the club and who shares the same ambition, who knows what we can achieve?
“It’s not just me,” continues Marcus. “There’s a group of young players together and we can start to become what we decide to become. That’s an important thing to me: that we can start to help the younger ones coming through. It’s all part and parcel of growing up in a United shirt. It’s just the next step.”
While Rashford has established himself as an experienced member of the squad, it is easy to forget he is still just 21 and developing all aspects of his game.
"For me it’s just about becoming the guy that’s responsible and reliable,” says the Wythenshawe-born striker. “I feel like that’s the next step for me.
“Everything goes in order of the way it should be done. I remember these similar steps when I first went into the Under-18s and it takes you a season to grow into that standard of football. Before you know it, you’re one of the leaders there and you take responsibility on the pitch. Now I’m in that situation for the first team.”
Rashford's achievements at 21 are remarkable, having made 170 appearances for United, played in the Champions League,won three major trophies and featured in two major international tournaments with England.
Marcus wants to grow from those experiences in 2019/20 and feels more ready than ever to succeed at Old Trafford.
“It’s about putting those experiences together now,” he explains. "That’s how you know the way forward. Right now I feel like mentally and physically I’m more prepared to do it than in the past, especially physically.
“I remember at the beginning of last season, my legs were so tight and tired. We hadn’t had much rest and it was tough trying to start the season off quickly. With the same amount of rest this year we’ve been able to schedule training, it’s been a lot more individualised and I feel a lot better for it.”