Marcus Rashford admits locker room difficulties during Man Utd breakthrough


Manchester United star Marcus Rashford admits he “doesn’t belong” in the first team’s locker room when he first breaks through.

Rashford was propelled to the Red Devils’ bench for a Premier League match at Watford in November 2015.

And three months later, the boss at the time, Louis van Gaal, threw him into the starting lineup for his Europa League debut amid an injury crisis.

Rashford quickly scored twice against the Danish club Midtjylland and repeated the feat against Arsenal four days later in his first appearance in the Premier League.

But the English striker, now 22, admits that he initially found it difficult to be himself when he called, and even found it difficult to speak to some senior teammates.

“A few months before I started, I was on the bench and at that time, I didn’t feel ready,” said the 22-year-old to Andy Murray, speaking to the double Wimbledon champion on Facebook.

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“I didn’t feel like I belonged to the first team. I was not ready to play this game.

“At first it was just soccer, soccer, soccer and you rarely talk to your teammates very much.

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Marcus Rashford warms up in Watford in 2015

“But when you join the team, you can talk about other things. I knew that most of them had lived the experiences themselves.

“They’ve been through it and know how to get out of it, so I definitely wondered what happened next.

“This is what I should have done in this situation and it certainly helps me because now, when I see the young players passing by, I can tell them now, in a way what to do and not to do.

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“You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or Old Trafford or any stadium, but you forget how your life can change overnight.

“The things you can do with your friends, the things you can do with your family, the places you can go, everything changes and I was probably not as prepared for this moment as I was in the field and that I was playing. ”

Admittedly, that didn’t stop Rashford’s progress, with him now United’s first top pick under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored 64 times in 201 games for the club.

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