Marcus Rashford has scored seven goals for Manchester United this season but has largely been playing out wide. Our youngster claims he still sees himself as a no.9 but is enjoying the experience of learning what is required of a different position.
I am quite hard on myself but people around me are always pushing me. All my focus is just on trying to improve for the future and to make history for my club and the country. I’m a completely different player now compared to where I was this time last season. People don’t always look at that, they look at the results but they don’t look at what you do to get the results. When it all comes together people will start to realise.
My overall game is different now. I’ve been playing in wider positions and it’s helped me know what the forwards want from me when I’m out wide. That helps me and it also helps me know what the winger wants when I get in the middle.
The modern-day attacker is not just a No.9 or No.10 or just a winger. It is someone who can interchange between the positions if they are needed to. I think I’m a No9 but if I have to move to other positions for certain games it is what you have to do and it is part of your attributes.
Louis van Gaal relied on Rashford last season but Jose Mourinho has made Zlatan Ibrahimovic his main man. Rashford believes that Mourinho has handled the situation well and enjoys learning from the more experienced players.
He’s controlled the situation well. There are a lot of things going on at the club at the moment and he has everything under control. Just having Wayne there, his presence around the squad, is a massive influence and not just for the young players but for all the players.
It’s a massive influence having someone like Zlatan at United around the building. Being at a club like United and playing for England, there are always going to be top players around you and it is important to learn from them. That is what they want to do too – they want to help you. And it is good to have them in the squad.