Marcus Rashford ‘ready and focused’ ahead of new campaign

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford reveals he’s in a confident mood ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Marcus Rashford said there had been a “buzz around the training ground” over the past week, with Manchester United back to pre-season training last Monday.

The 24-year-old was one of several first-team players to return to the Carrington complex on June 27, as he had not been selected in the England squad for the June fixtures.

Rashford struggled to make his mark for the Red Devils last season, managing just five goals and two assists in 31 appearances, and there had been suggestions he was looking to leave this summer.

However, Erik ten Hag reportedly told the striker he was in his plans for next season, and the Englishman opened up on his first week of training under the club’s new head coach.

“We have that feeling of excitement and buzz around the training ground again and so it’s definitely positive for pre-season,” Rashford said. MUTV. “It’s pretty much about, on the one hand, really understanding the principles of how Erik wants us to play and the details, and on the other hand, enjoying it.

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“In the first week of training we did both and everyone is looking forward to going on tour and putting what we did in training into the first games.

“It’s a fresh start for everyone and for me personally, I’ve had quite a long break, a good camp before getting back to training, and how we’re off to a good start.

“As I said, everyone is looking forward to pre-season now and trying to put into games what we have learned in training so far, and what we will continue to learn, no only during the pre-season but throughout the season as well.”

Rashford also believes he will benefit from a long spell away since the end of last season, with the striker missing the end of the 2021-22 campaign due to illness, while as mentioned he has been dropped from the England squad for their UEFA Nations League matches.

“I certainly haven’t had as much rest before during the summer holidays, so it was a bit strange at first and I had to adjust my schedule a bit, make it a bit longer, so that I could arrive with a positive look at everything, and as I say, we are delighted to leave [on tour] now. You feel every day now that you are stepping forward and stepping forward to be ready for the season.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur on October 30, 2021© Reuters

“I don’t think I’ve had a good pre-season since 2019, so for me that’s definitely a positive thing. I think I probably needed that time to disconnect a bit and that time has allowed me to refocus much earlier than expected to be honest.

“This [the break] was only a few days out of four weeks and i always split it in half so i had two weeks where i was relaxing and a little over two weeks when i was training so that was a good one period for me.

“Like I said, I feel ready and focused, so when that first game comes around, it’s good to know that you’ve had almost six weeks of training before. That will definitely be a positive.”

Rashford, who has scored 93 goals and registered 57 assists in 302 appearances for Man United, is expected to be part of the squad that travel to Thailand on Friday for the first leg of their pre-season tour.

The team’s first friendly of the summer will be against Liverpool on July 12, while they will also face Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano ahead of their 2022 Premier League opener- 23 against Brighton & Hove Albion in August. seven.

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