20 July 2017

Marcus Rashford ready to step up and fill void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United

MARCUS RASHFORD says he is ready to step up take more responsibility at Manchester United.

Rashford has had two seasons in the United first team but is still just 19.

Marcus Rashford is ready to step up and lead the Manchester United front line
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Marcus Rashford knows he must step up now that Romelu Lukaku has joined Manchester United
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But he knows that with both Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic now gone he needs to show his very best this coming season.

Rashford said: “Season by season I have different aims and responsibilities to the team.

“This year hopefully I will take more responsibility on. That is the aim.

“There is always pressure playing at United. I don’t think it changes.

“You put it on yourself more. Year on year that will only increase.

“The responsibility that I put on myself is the thing that has changed.

Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are being paired up front by Jose Mourinho
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Marcus Rashford throwing an American Football ball around with NFL legend Odell Beckham Jr

“Fans always expect the best from me so the pressure doesn’t change.”

Rashford believes he has matured after two seasons at United to the point that Red Devils fans will see an improved player in the coming campaign.

Rashford said: “I think if you don’t look at it as just football, maturity is a massive part of how you develop on the pitch.

“I think that has been one of the main things for me, I have obviously matured. It does change your game on the pitch and that is the biggest thing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Manchester United after his deal came to end with injury
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“You don’t change anything you just naturally mature.

“As a person it changes what you do on the pitch, that has been the main difference.”

Mourinho says he will never see Rashford as a number ten behind a lone striker but a purely as an attacking player and could even try him tonight in a partnership with £75million striker Romelu Lukaku here in Houston as United take on Manchester City.

Marcus Rashford trains in the summer sun during the off season at the Nike World Campus
Wayne Rooney left to join Everton which will allow Marcus Rashford more opportunities

Mourinho said: “I don’t think Marcus is a number 10, he’s a pure attacking player, not with that quality to play between the lines, and assist.

“I think he’s an attacking player who can play in a two or one, he can play anywhere and you demand a little bit more defensively, he can play with Lukaku after playing with Zlatan.”

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