Rashford: My debut worked out perfectly
Speaking on UTD Podcast, Marcus explains why the Midtjylland match was the ideal moment for his United debut...
Q: You made your debut [against] Midtjylland - what was that like? A: That was probably the best night of my life. When I was walking out I saw so many people that I knew in the crowd. It was the weirdest experience ever. Just people that were like friends with my brothers. I have quite a big family, so they know a lot of people. I just saw so many faces that I recognised. I just sort of lost myself on the pitch that day. United always say, when you’re growing up, to express yourself on the pitch. They’re the ones that taught me that and I think that’s why we have so many youngsters come through because, without knowing it, they’re ready to play. That’s credit to United and the system. Q: When did you know you were going to play? A: Like five minutes before. Because Anthony [Martial] was warming up and he got injured, but I didn’t know he’d got injured because the starters warm up over there and we [the substitutes] warm up over there [in a different section]. I didn’t actually see him go down the tunnel. It might have been Albert [Morgan], he just threw me a bib and I started warming up in the final bit of possession. Then we were inside and that was it and I was just walking out the tunnel. Everything happened so quick. Q: Did you have time to think about it? A: No. Q: Nervous? A: No, I wasn’t nervous. I was nervous against… I was on the bench against Watford away. This was before Christmas, but I was playing with an injury that year. When I was on the bench that day, I remember speaking to my brother the day before and saying: “I don’t feel ready to play.” Mentally I wasn’t in the right place to play. Q: Because you were injured? A: Yeah, just because I knew I was carrying something. Then it’s the whole thing like it’s your debut and you want to do well; you don’t want to let anyone down. These things were going through my mind and I knew straight away: ‘The only person I can speak to now is my brother or my mum’. Because they’re the only people that can settle me down. But, somehow [Louis] van Gaal picked up on it and someone got injured at the start of the game and he never brought me on. In my eyes, that was a blessing in disguise because I wasn’t ready to play with the first team. I was on my way to being ready and had trained with them a few times, but in terms of being able to play with them, I didn’t feel like I belonged yet. But then the difference between then and when I played was a million miles apart. Mentally I felt like I belonged there and I wanted to show people I belonged there. That was just my mindset going into the game.