|Club as Player||Manchester United|
|Coach||Ole Gunnar Solskjaer|
2016 09 17 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says he was inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo] When Cristiano Ronaldo came to United, he was the one who everyone looked up to. The thing that impressed me the most was the fact he was only young when he came into the side and he wanted to be the best player in the side. He worked hard every single day, you saw him in the gym every single day and the results came on the pitch. He openly wanted to be the best player in the world. You have to have an approach like that – all the best players in the world do. It’s not arrogance or anything like that, it’s the mindset you need to achieve things
2016 10 15 Retrieve
[Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford speaks about the influence veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had on his career so far] It has been amazing. We’ve got a lot of world-class players in the team, especially in the forwards like Zlatan and Wayne. For the young lads, we can’t ask for anything better. The likes of me, Anthony and Jesse - watching these forwards play and how they train, their mentality, is so important. You can’t ask for more. Zlatan is very easy to speak to and he’s easy to get along with. The way he approaches every game is about winning. He wants to win, regardless of the opponent, whether we are home or away, whatever the odds, he always wants to find a way to win. That mentality is what you need to be at the top level. That is where he is and where he has been for years
2017 11 18 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford on watching the Brazilian [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html) growing up] He was a top player who won a lot of things, so when he’s saying good things about you it really stands out. When you’re young you watch clips of the best players in the world and try to emulate them. With [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html), I liked how he always played free. No matter where he was playing, he went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that’s when you play your best football
2019 03 09 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford on his winning penalty to punctuate an unprecedented comeback against PSG] I think it was just about keeping a cool head. That’s what you practice for. I wanted to take it. Those moments are the moments we live for, and we want to come out of them smiling after
2019 06 04 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says it is clear that England are heading in the right direction as the Three Lions prepare for the upcoming Nations League semi-finals] There are signs we are heading in the right direction. Before the World Cup, we were winning games and playing good football but when it came to games against the big teams - the elite nations we want to be amongst - we fell short a couple of times. But in this last year we have played Spain and Croatia and managed to get over the line. It shows we are improving. The World Cup was the start of a journey, rather than the end of an adventure. Because since then we have kicked on. We’ve changed the system but have kicked on. If we want to get to our aim of being the number one team in the world, we have to beat the best teams
Holland will be tough, but we are determined to do well. Not long ago, back at the Euros in 2016, I don’t think our fans believed we could win something. I think that is different now. It’s been a long time since we won something so it would be nice. We are approaching this Nations League as though it is a major tournament, 100 per cent. We want our names to be first in the history books. Who knows? In the future, it could grow into a big, big tournament
2019 06 05 Retrieve
[Time for Matthijs De Ligt’s ‘toughest opponent’ Marcus Rashford to remind England of his ability] Consistency is the biggest thing. If you’re getting consistent minutes and you’re consistently improving, that’s what really separates [players] as they get a little bit older
2019 07 01 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has agreed a new contract at Manchester United through to 2023, with the deal including the option for a further 12 months beyond that point] Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt. I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level. I will be giving everything I have to help get this club back to where it belongs and deliver the success that our fans deserve.
2019 07 01b Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has revealed the hurt he is feeling at Manchester United’s current plight] It is a huge sense of pride and a huge feeling for me to sign the contract. Manchester United are one big family. Some clubs don’t have that - it’s just a football club. That’s why Manchester United are more than a football club to me. Me being a fan changes the emotional side of it. Say we lose a game, it affects me more than it should because I’m a fan. It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we’ve been in the past. I use that pain as motivation. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.
There’s nothing I want more than to see the club winning the Premier League again, winning the Champions League again. Everybody here deserves much, much more than what we’re giving them right now, not only the fans, the club itself. They don’t deserve to be where they are now. As players, we’re the ones who have the opportunity to try and forget about the past five, six years and put the club back on track.
[Solskjaer was a key figure during the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rashford is convinced a brighter future for United lies in store under the Norwegian] He just gets it. He understands. He’s been a player here. He knows how we may feel in certain moments because he’s been there himself. The fact that he understands us way more than a normal manager is why he’s fitted in straight away
[On whether the Solskjaer ‘revolution’ will work] That’s what drives me every day. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be waking up every morning and giving 100 per cent to try and put the club back where they belong. I believe in the players, the staff and the manager. The players have the faith in the manager now. If we’re going to do it, now’s the time. We’re looking forward to the new season. One season is not going to change it. It can take two or three seasons but I feel we’re ready to take the first step, and really start showing people that we are Manchester United
: 2019 07 01c Man Utd star Marcus Rashford under pressure to prove he’s worth £200,000 a week
2019 07 10 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford accepts the controversial expletive-laden social media video posted by Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard while the pair were on holiday was a mistake] I haven’t spoken to the manager about it. From what I saw of it, people have to understand that he was enjoying his holiday and it was a mistake. There’s not really much I can say about that
[When asked if he was hurt watching the two sides earn silverware while United ended up empty-handed] For me, yeah. That just puts an even bigger challenge to us. We never shy away from a challenge, we have to move forward as a team
2019 07 10b Retrieve
[Rashford focused on helping Man Utd return to the top after signing new contract] For me, it has always been a goal to get us back to where we should be. It wasn’t a hard decision. We are all looking forward to it
The mood is how it should be, everyone is positive. Last season wasn’t good enough. We’re in much better condition then we were this time last year
I feel like now I am in a better position then I was. Physically I feel in a better condition. I don’t think you put a number on it, but you want as many goals as you can get. It is a different challenge. My goal was never to be a No.9 who can’t play anywhere else. Playing on the left and the right, that is what I want to do. I know what I have worked on since a six-year-old and it is to adapt
A lot of the things are instinctive. You can’t really work on them. But I think you get a lot from speaking to him and now he has had the time to work with us on the pitch we have had new things. We are in a better condition to perform
2019 07 11 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United must settle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in order to reassert a fading sense of identity] I feel like we can start to settle and I think that is what we needed most. It has been a lot of chopping and changing, different tactics and different systems, and now I think we can settle in to what we are trying to do and really get that identity back.
[And the England international has observed positives ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Perth Glory] The thing that has gone up for me is the intensity and just the level of training. I think we are starting to understand it all a bit better. We can use this. This is Ole’s first pre-season and he can really stamp down what he wants to do. We have got to use the remainder of the time here and then in Singapore and China to keep progressing and improving
I just think that little things like pictures in our heads are a lot clearer already. Some of the other lads have been here in pre-season longer than I have, but in the short time I have been here things are becoming clearer to me on what the manager wants and how we are to do it on the pitch, so that will put us in good stead for the rest of the season
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Rashford insists United want to hit the ground running next month when the Premier League returns following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign] As a team, everyone is fit and healthy. We want to hit peak form come the start of the season
: 2019 07 31 Paulo Dybala for Romelu Lukaku? Lukaku has become a £75 million makeweight at Old Trafford, with his 42 goals in two seasons not proving enough to persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should be favoured over Marcus Rashford in the number-nine position
: 2019 08 02 Romelu Lukaku isn’t short of pace, and he has the data to prove it. Diogo Dalot was at the head of the pack with a top speed of 36.43kph, with Lukaku just behind him on 36.25kph. Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford and new signing Daniel James, renowned for his explosive pace, rounded off the top five
2019 08 10 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford claims to give my life for Manchester United] I think it’s a very exciting moment. For me it was just about getting the new contract out of the way and solidifying that I’m here for the club. It’s about getting the club back to where it belongs, what everybody knows Manchester United are. I give my life for the club and that’s the most important thing. For me, when you’re in a squad with a lot of young players who share the same ambition and have the same drive, I can only see us succeeding. It might take us some time, but if we all stick to the game plan, work collectively as a team, and we’ve got a good manager who knows the club and who shares the same ambition, who knows what we can achieve?
There’s a group of young players together and we can start to become what we decide to become. That’s an important thing to me: that we can start to help the younger ones coming through. It’s all part and parcel of growing up in a United shirt. It’s just the next step
For me it’s just about becoming the guy that’s responsible and reliable. I feel like that’s the next step for me. Everything goes in order of the way it should be done. I remember these similar steps when I first went into the Under-18s and it takes you a season to grow into that standard of football. Before you know it, you’re one of the leaders there and you take responsibility on the pitch. Now I’m in that situation for the first team
2019 08 10b Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has delivered his verdict on the club’s new additions] Over five, 10 yards, Daniel James is the quickest I’ve seen. It’s a massive strength, you can put everything in front of him. Harry Maguire brings calmness. Playing with him for England, you feel assured at the back, and for a team that’s massive. Naturally [Wan-Bissaka] is an attacker, and they’re always the hardest to get past because they understand what forwards are thinking. That’s what makes him a top defender. His physical abilities are very good. He’s young and with the attributes he has, you can only see him going up and up, and there’s not a better place for him to develop
[He also says that he hopes to be an inspiration to the players who make the step up this year] That’s one of the things he (Solskjaer) holds on to very closely. He always wants to give them opportunity. I want to make a difference. I’ve experienced Champions Leagues, Europa Leagues, World Cups, so I’m in a great position to offer advice. I looked up to the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt coming through the academy and understand these players now look up to me, wearing the No. 10 shirt, scoring important goals. That motivates me
2019 08 10c Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has said he still watches video clips of the world’s best players so he can understand how they do the things they do] I still watch clips of loads of players. Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar. If they’ve done something at the weekend I’d want to know how they’ve done it. Messi’s natural abilities are crazy. It’s a joy to watch him but also for the [way he uses] space. I remember the first time I played Barcelona in pre-season [in Maryland, 2017], the team were like clockwork based around him. It wasn’t necessarily what Messi was doing on the ball that was, ‘Wow.’ It was the positions he was taking up, and how he affected a game without even touching the ball, that were also special
When I was younger, I’d watch games, watch clips on YouTube, then go out, and try everything. I watched Ronaldinho doing that flip-flap. I watched a lot of the Brazilian Ronaldo when I was really young. Cristiano Ronaldo was the one that made you love the game and want to try things that people wouldn’t normally try. Just everything. It’s not scripted
2019 08 10d Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford was handed his debut by Louis van Gaal in February 2016. Louis van Gaal was fired at the end of the 2015/16 campaign and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who Rashford then played under for two-and-a-half years] He [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] has brought stability. In the past three years, you were never sure about anything. Now we have stability. Everyone’s in a good mood, a good place. It’s a completely different environment to what it has been, it feels back like normal. We really want to test ourselves now against the best in the league
2019 08 11 Retrieve
[Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford claims the squad are better prepared for the challenges of a new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] It definitely feels different. For starters, physically we’re at a much better position than we were this time last year, going into the season. We’re already three or four steps ahead of where we were last season, and now it’s about putting the fundamentals down about how we’re going to play
[When asked to pin-point specifics when it comes to the differences between Solskjaer and Mourinho] I’d say the intensity change, from how we were towards the end of last season, to where we are now. It’s so clear to see the difference in terms of intensity, especially without the ball. That’s where we’ve taken a lot of strides forward. You learn different things under different managers. The time under (Louis) Van Gaal, it was perfect for me at that time to have a manager like that, he was patient with me and gave me time to learn the game. It wasn’t too much information thrown at me. Then under Jose I feel like we all understood the game a bit better, especially defensively. And now under Ole we’re trying to combine the two, and at the same time he knows the club for what the club is so he can spread his own messages too. For me it’s like it’s back to normal, and that is the most important thing. It’s been good. It’s been tough, but as a team I feel we’ve taken a lot of strides forward, so it’s been worth it.
2019 08 19 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says that he has no issues with Paul Pogba’s penalty on Monday despite the Frenchman missing from the spot as Manchester United dropped points] Paul wanted to take it. It’s that simple. Everybody can miss a penalty. He’s scored countless penalties for us and throughout his career. It’s normal to miss one. We forget about that now. We go again in the next game and if we play how we played today, with a bit more urgency, we’ll be fine
It’s simple. If you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me it’s no problem for him to take one this week. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t score but it’s football
[Rashford backed his team-mate and said that both he and Pogba are confident from the spot] The confidence that you’re going to score the goal is always the same. And so it should be. We practice pretty much all week and we score the majority of the time so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the confidence to take the penalty. Like I say, it’s unfortunate we didn’t score it but it’s not on him it’s as a team. We take that forward into the next game
2019 08 20 Tweet
[Paul Pogba: Manchester United vows to take action after star targeted by racist abuse on social media] Enough now, this needs to stop @Twitter. Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all… @ManUtd
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Manchester United (1) vs (2) Crystal Palace. Pogba hits back after Twitter abuse] My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation
2019 09 06 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford is at a loss in the battle to stop racist abuse] It is disappointing. It seems to me that things are going backwards rather than forwards. All around the world people are standing together and that is all we can do. We have to rely on the campaigns to deal with this. Our voice only has so much power. Social media is a big problem. For me, it is too easy to do what you like on the internet. Anyone can go on and write what we want. It is easy to figure it out. There are hundreds of thousands who use my profile and they can write what they want [in reply to tweets]. There are a lot of things that need to change. I’ve never been a big fan of social media. I try and stay away from it, but it’s important for me to say my part. There’s been other people too, Romelu, Jadon [Sancho] did a good speech the other day. I have always said, the more we speak about it, it doesn’t have an impact. There are examples where people have spoken out and nothing has really changed. To see it spike in the last couple of months is unbelievable. We want to nip it in the bud
[It was mentioned to Rashford that Twitter plans to monitor the accounts of 50 leading black players in an attempt to tackle racism] That doesn’t change anything. What I said before, the number of accounts out there is ridiculous. The way to control it is for everyone in the world who use these platforms only have one account. They use dummy accounts, so their identity is never seen.
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has refuted claims by Michael Owen that he lacks the desire to be a top goalscorer] If you watch training, then you’d see how it all works. I could use Harry as an example. He’s one of the best finishers that I’ve played with and whenever we do finishing, in my head, it’s about being as close to him as possible. So if he scores six, you want to score six, if he scores seven, you want to score eight. Little things like that are the bits that people never see. Even though we’re fighting for the same position, or to be in the same team, we really do drive each other on and it’s very important that you have that sort of atmosphere within a team. He [Owen] can only go on what he sees. Whereas the people around me [know]. Especially when I was younger, the reason why you started playing is because you see things that you like and for me, it was goals and watching exciting people doing exciting things with the ball. So, the important thing is I know what I want, what I want to become and what I will become if I keep my mind on it
[Rashford acknowledged missing chances plays on his mind] Yes, it haunts you, it’s the same for when you score and you know you’ve had other chances in the game, you’re looking [at] what went wrong. Here, it’s a bit more simple because Harry’s record is unbelievable. That’s a way for him to get his goals and the squad support that. I don’t think it’s something to fear, I think you need it. If you don’t have [pressure], it’s difficult for motivation to improve. You need the players around you to push each other
2019 09 08 Retrieve
[Rashford has made no secret of his admiration for Ronaldo, revealing the first ever match he watched live involved the five-time Ballon d’Or winner] I used to watch a lot of him growing up, all of his games. I watched all those clips on YouTube and my first-ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it. It was at Old Trafford and I always remember it. It was in 2003. He scored a hat-trick. He always played free. No matter where he was playing, he played free and went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that’s when you play your best football
2019 09 13 Retrieve
[On the differences between Solskjaer and Mourinho] He’s very different but that’s expected because he’s played. Off the pitch, he understands the players a bit more
[Rashford added on Mourinho] I don’t think it was a problem for him because he’s obviously a top manager and he has his way of reading people but for me, when a manager has played they have lived the lifestyle and might be a bit more understanding.
[Solskjaer has seen his United side stumble out of the blocks in 2019-20, with five points collected from four games] Everyone’s confident in the manager, for one, and we may not be doing what he’s telling us to perfection yet but the initial response to his tactics, his training has been phenomenal. For me, his plan, it’s not just a plan for just this season or just the next game, it’s a plan for years
[Rashford admits stability is required in order to take the club back to the top] I think he needs to be backed in the position that we’re in now. We don’t need this rotation of managers because you never settle.
2019 09 16 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has revealed the secret behind his penalty technique after confidently dispatching from 12 yards against Leicester] There has been a lot of talk [about penalties] but it is all about clearing that out of your head and just getting back down to basics. When it comes down to it, that is all you know, to get to the first team, it is by doing the basics and working hard. I just try to look at the keeper, especially a keeper like him because he has a good jump and likes to go early. If it is not hard and in the corner, then he has a chance of saving it. But it was a nice feeling to score
The preparations are a lot more difficult for the manager and staff to get the work in. But we have used it as a positive, following the last game at Southampton. We felt we should have won that game so the break worked in our favour because we got to go away and clear our heads, focused on the games with the national teams and then came back with fresh minds. As a result, I think it was a bit more calm today. It felt like, on the pitch, we knew we were going to win. We have been playing well since the start of the season. Today wasn’t as good a performance but we got the three points. Football is funny at times and that’s how it goes. It is a big three points, not only for the league position but, for the team, it is big
[Ahead of a Europa League opener against Astana on Thursday] We don’t have the biggest squad and we have some injuries, and to some very important players as well, but it shows good courage and strength to get through it. We are not worried at all. We have the players coming back and we have young players on the bench who are itching for an opportunity. When they get the chance, they will deliver. We are in a good place
2019 09 20 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United did not have this togetherness two years ago as praised the team’s performance in their Europa League opener] It wasn’t the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they’re tough to break down. If I look back to two years ago, I don’t think the team had the togetherness to come through a game like that. Everyone expects it to be easy but the opposition have come to win so it’s always tough
2019 09 22 Retrieve
[Blow for Man Utd as Rashford limps out of West Ham clash] He feels his groin, let’s just do a scan and see how badly he is injured. He’ll probably miss, I don’t know, I’m not a doctor yet! You never want to see players injured but that’s part and parcel of the game, and we’ve coped with that before and we’re going to cope with that again
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford admits there is no hiding place in football] You can’t hide in football and the last few weeks simply haven’t been good enough. As a United fan myself, that hurts. And you deserve better. We know we need to improve and that is our sole focus as a team and as a club
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford is the latest Manchester United star to speak out on the club’s poor form] You can’t hide in football and the last few weeks simply haven’t been good enough. As a United fan myself, that hurts. And you deserve better. We know we need to improve and that is our sole focus as a team and as a club
2019 10 14 Retrieve
[Rashford thanks Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for showing ‘courage’ by responding to racist chants] Not an easy situation to play in and not one which should be happening in 2019. Proud we rose above it to take three points but this needs stamping out. Thankful to the brilliant England support. You got behind us in the most meaningful way possible tonight and we are all very grateful. Have a safe journey home and take care. Also been told what the Bulgaria captain did at half-time. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn’t go unnoticed
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[England’s players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday night’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia] Not an easy situation to play in and not one which should be happening in 2019. Proud we rose above it to take three points but this needs stamping out. Thankful to the brilliant England support. You got behind us in the most meaningful way possible tonight and we are all very grateful. Have a safe journey home and take care. Also been told what the Bulgaria captain did at half-time. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn’t go unnoticed
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says Liverpool did not deserve anything from their clash with Manchester United after Adam Lallana’s late goal earned the Reds a point at Old Trafford] We deserved the three points. I don’t think they were good enough to get a draw out of the game or a win but this is football. It was a big opportunity missed and we just fell short. Hopefully in midweek we can get a win and it will start a run for us
It wasn’t a big change to what we were doing at the start of the season. On paper it’s split strikers but it’s pretty much the same thing. It was a bit more back to normal. It was good to have that stability but I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points
[There was some controversy about Rashford’s opener, with Liverpool claiming it should have been disallowed due to a foul by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi in the build-up] I didn’t know what was going on to be honest. I didn’t see anything in the build-up as to why it wouldn’t be a goal. There have been other games where we have been very unlucky. It was fine margins. We can play a lot better, especially in attack. There is still a lot of work to do but I think we should win this game today
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has been left to reflect on two lost points for Manchester United against Liverpool and admitted that the Red Devils need to be more positive] My overall feeling is disappointment. I think we deserved the three points and we can say it was a better performance, but at the end of the day, they didn’t deserve to draw or win the game. So, I see it as we’ve lost two points and it was a big opportunity, a big game, but we keep going. We’ll try and get a win mid-week and hopefully, we can kick on
The second goal would have made the game a lot more simple for us. It didn’t come. I’d say 20 minutes before they scored the goal you can see we stopped playing passes in behind, and I always say when we stop doing that it puts more pressure on us as a team
[He said, with the Red Devils left 13th in the Premier League table] This club, we play attacking football and as soon as we take our foot off the gas a little bit it’s difficult to defend against top players for large spells like we had to towards the end of the game. So, I think we’ve just got to be more positive - at 1-0 or 2-0 up, we need to be more positive
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford pointed to a key difference in his partnership with Anthony Martial which is paying dividends] We’re talking to each other as we’re playing so it makes it a lot more simple for you on the ball because it’s impossible to see him. So if he doesn’t speak it’s impossible to make that pass. If we can just give each other information when we pass the ball it makes it a lot more simple so that’s the next step for us
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says Daniel James has had a brilliant impact at Manchester United since his summer move from Swansea City] He’s had a brilliant impact - he’s scored important goals and he’s assisting as well. The main thing is that he’s working hard for the team and the other stuff just comes with the game. He’s the prime example of that. We’re all hungry to keep pushing, to keep scoring more goals and keep assisting each other. I think, if us three can keep doing that on a regular basis, then we’ll definitely get some more points
It’s a nice feeling. I think this goal wasn’t so bad. The keeper’s not really rushing out at you so you can relax and pick your spot. It’s a brilliant ball from Dan, even to recognise the space and, when we play like that, it’s devastating. Like I said, we can keep doing that and keep making chances for each other
[Despite recording a comfortable win over the Canaries, Rashford thinks United still need to work on carving out clear-cut opportunities consistently] I think the one thing we can improve on is making more clear-cut opportunities for each other. For me, that’s the next step. We’re creating and making each other half-chances, but, as forwards, the easier the goals you can get, the better. We want to be able to just square it past the goalkeeper and tap it in. We’ve been working hard and I think, if we keep that up, it’ll become easier for us. If we can give information as we pass the ball it just makes it that bit more simple. That’s the next step for us. Today, we managed to do that and get a couple of goals. It’s positive and we can do better, but we take the three points and just try to improve
2019 10 30 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford take on Manchester United current position] We’ve been in a tough place. We’re still getting through that phase. The only way to get through it is to fight through it and win because they’re the things which keep everyone happy. When you’ve won, you wake up with a good feeling. The main focus was improvement and development. But we’re definitely going places
2019 10 31 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United are definitely going places after their 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea on Wednesday] We have been in a tough place. We are still getting through that phase and the only way to do it is to fight your way through it. The main focus for us is just improvement and development because we are definitely going places. We have done a lot of good work. The start of the season wasn’t exactly what we expected but we have got to get through it and get back to winning games
[The England international says training with the Carabao Cup ball gave him the belief to try his luck from distance] To be honest, it was the balls. When we were training with them and we were shooting, there was this up-and-down motion and they can go anywhere. Thankfully, today it went in the top corner. It is a positive day.
[Rashford was also relieved to keep his cool from the penalty spot, having been denied by Tim Krul against Norwich] You always step forward to take it and when the moment comes it is just about trying to be relaxed. Thankfully, today I was. It made the game a little bit easier for us but the second goal was the one that killed the game
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford insists that Manchester United are still targeting a top-four finish] It’s going to be tough [to get into the top four] but it’s nowhere near impossible. We don’t need to focus on any other teams, we play our best football when we focus on ourselves and us improving. That’s the only way Man Utd play good football and we need to get back to doing that. It can be very simple for us and at the same time, you don’t want to make it complicated for yourself.
The consistency in the performance and the consistency in the games you win are two completely different things. Out of 38 league games, you’re not going to play well 38 times but just because you don’t play well, doesn’t mean you can’t win the game and that’s the thing we can improve on. When we’re not quite playing at our best, we can find a way to get over the line. If we control the moments when the opposition are on top better, I’m sure in time we will know how to control them, their fans, the tempo that they play at and once we do that, we can start to win consistently
[Despite a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday, Rashford feels that the Frenchman’s return to action will help the team score more goals as the attacking duo look to work on their partnership] If you have support as a central striker, it’s not bad at all. You can link with people and you can make runs that put you directly in front of the goal so it can be better at times. But sometimes when you’re a lone striker and you’ve not got some support, it can be a tough 90 minutes.
He [Martial] has been a big miss. As a No.9, it’s always easier if you have someone you can work off and get close to and right now, we’re having a good period. We’ve been playing good football but we can definitely score more goals and assist more and that’s what we’ll be looking at more as a pair
Dan [James] as well, he’s very effective from the wide position and he can definitely score more goals himself and get a lot of assists for us. We take it game-by-game and look where we can improve after each match
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[Rashford missed several gilt-edged chances in the first half but came up with a superb finish shortly after the break to dismantle Partizan 3-0] A good performance which is the main thing, very happy, we take the game as a big positive so we move on and improve. It’s something we’ve been focusing on, as the forward players. Hopefully today was just the start of it and we can keep improving and be more natural. That’s the main thing, trying to help each other score and score goals ourselves. We have a big emphasis on that and at the same time try to work for the team then it’s a big positive. The main thing when you lose a game is you want to win the next one, that’s the main thing as a player. It’s not nice to lose but it feels very nice to win, to put it right and today we managed to do that
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[Marcus Rashford has spoken about life at Manchester United] It’s a massive privilege [to play for United]. For me, I’ve been at United for many years and the amount of friends I’ve seen come and go is huge, and it just makes you feel, as you say, privileged that you managed to get the opportunity. But once you get the opportunity, the hardest thing is staying there. So that’s the challenge.
[When asked what it’s like to score for the club] It’s a huge feeling. It’s always slightly different but you always get a tremendous rush of blood. It’s always something special. It’s hard to forget those moments
[He also spoke about what it was like to be thrust into the limelight at his hometown] The first couple of games that you play, it can be tough, when you go back home or when you go to the shop. A simple thing like going to the shop to buy something - it used to take you two or five minutes, but now it is like a 30-minute trip to go and get something. I just try to maintain a level head. You know, whether you win or you lose, if you try to keep the same sort of feeling and a level head, it tends to help you best. So I don’t like to get too down or too high
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It has been a tough period and now I’m getting consistent games and playing week in, week out. As a forward that has huge importance, especially with [getting] chances. If you are not in the team and you’re in and out, you don’t quite have that confidence in front of goal. But when you’re having a run in the team it’s important to come up with the goods and once you start doing that it becomes second nature. You take it game by game and keep improving
I feel like I have experienced a lot in the game. Hopefully there are more big occasions to experience as well. While I’m still young, I have experience in big games that people of my age don’t usually experience. I have to use that to my advantage and try to help the team
I have been in two tournaments now and the squad is so important. With the qualities that every individual has in this team it is something we have to use to our advantage. People are going to be playing at different moments but when you are on the pitch you have to do your best, and try to come up with the goods. It is good competition; we really do have that kind of environment when we are in the camp together and it is positive
[Rashford feels he is starting to score with more instinctive finishes like the one he bent around Aro Muric on Sunday] For me, when I score those types of goals, or even tap-ins, it holds bigger importance because I know those are the goals I need to get more of. The spectacular goals come every once in a while, so if you want to become a great goalscorer you have to score all types. That is the next step I’m focusing on
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[Marcus Rashford admits to having endured a tough period at Manchester United] It has been a tough period and now I’m getting consistent games and playing week in, week out. As a forward that has huge importance. If you are not in the team and you’re in and out, you don’t quite have that confidence in front of goal. But when you’re having a run in the team it’s important to come up with the goods and once you start doing that it becomes second nature
I have been in two tournaments now and the squad is so important. With the qualities that every individual has in this team it is something we have to use to our advantage. People are going to be playing at different moments but when you are on the pitch you have to do your best, and try to come up with the goods. It is good competition
[The semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 are also due to take place at Wembley, with Rashford hoping to see the Three Lions build on recent runs to the last four of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Nations League] We’ve dealt well with the expectation over the last 18 months. We’ve not shirked from that in the qualifying matches where, in the past, there’s been a tension around the performances and the style of the games. Securing qualification is a little bit joyless because I’m expecting us to win these games and I’m always looking at how to get better. For me, it’s about what’s next and I know we’ll always be judged ultimately by the tournaments in the summer
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[Rashford offers Solskjaer backing amid Pochettino rumours: There’s not a better person for the job] There was no hesitation from me over signing a new contract. And it was the same for Ole as well - I could see where his head was at, where he wanted the club to be at and for me, it was just a no-brainer. We were on the same page and wanted the same things for the club. Ole is a great guy and he has the club’s interests at heart so there’s not a better person for the job in my opinion
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[Rashford: Top four not enough for Man Utd this season - we need trophies] I think it’s been 18 months [sic] since we won our last trophy so it’s been a while. If we come out of this season in the top four but without a trophy, I wouldn’t be happy. If we manage to get some trophies and get ourselves into the top four then, of course, it has been a successful season. For me, it is just about putting markers down for what we can do in the future because we know that this period is not going to change overnight, Ole’s not going to get what he wants overnight. We have to bide our time and just be patient, as long as we keep working hard and believe in what we are doing - which I think the team do 100 per cent - then I think we will be fine
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[Man Utd striker Rashford: My career ‘can only get better’ with age] I just use these experiences now in my favour to better me in the future, because I know when I’m 25, 26, 27, they’re the years when I’m going to be playing my best football. I’m just looking ahead to those times really and improving as much as I can until then
[Rashford feels as if his best football is in the years ahead of him and his career is going to reach greater heights than he currently is at] In reality, my peak is not going to be for another four or five years. As good as things are now, they can only get better
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[After joining the aforementioned teenagers on the scoresheet in a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane] It’s definitely a special feeling [for both of them to score], Brandon Williams especially. He’s done brilliantly since he’s come up with us and obviously for Mason Greenwood, for any forward, it’s beautiful to score a goal, but that’s what he’s good at. As a youngster that’s all he knows, he knows how to score goals, and like I said before, if we play positive football, that’s when we’re at our best. Obviously both of them came through the academy, all they know is how to attack and play forward-thinking football and you can see with the way they play, they just bring that into the team and that’s what Man Utd is
[He added on his form] I feel good. It’s definitely not the same when you don’t take all the points away but we keep going with the next game in Europe with the right attitude. We go to win the game [against Astana on Thursday] but more importantly, the performance, because if we perform well and we’re winning games, that’s when on the pitch you feel the most confident and we can hopefully play some better football. [Against Sheffield United] there were negatives and positives and we’ll analyse the negatives and try and get better and take the positives into the next game
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[Rashford’s efforts to help the homeless in Manchester has morphed into the In the Box Campaign] I just remember even when I was a kid, we used to train in Salford and at the time we didn’t drive, so we used to get a bus into town and a bus out of town. And between the two bus journeys, you have to walk through the city centre. And probably every morning you’d see five or 10 different people, and from then it was in my mind. As I got older, I’m in a position to make a difference for them.
It’s a no-brainer for me, I think. Why not? That’s how it all developed [the In the Box Campaign] and just stemmed from there. This is the most productive way … For me, this type of stuff is making a bigger difference to our lives than just giving them money.
[Part of Rashford’s aim is to give something back to Manchester] Everyone knows everyone, I wouldn’t say it’s a normal community. I’ve lived in three or four different places in Manchester and each place is as much as home as the last place. The people around your neighbourhood – it’s all just very, very homely. I think as a city that’s massive and we have to use that to our advantage.
I’m from one part of Manchester but people from all over Manchester are coming in and helping. It’s something that coming in I expected and Manchester is a beautiful city and the more people that get to know that the better
[He has not yet played 200 games for United, but he is already the face of Solskjaer’s young team] Of course you have ups and downs, and for me it’s all part of the journey of becoming successful. If there are downs then you take them all day long. I’m obviously very happy in my position right now and you just want to keep improving and keep bettering yourself as a person
[He has signed up for four more years] It had to be United for me. You know, I remember when I was younger, you used to go and train at other clubs and as soon as I trained at United that the first time, that was it. I remember saying to my brother, ‘I don’t want to go to anywhere else now. And that the feeling of a family that we have in Manchester, when I went to United, that was the exact same thing.
It’s like one big family and everybody, the coaching staff, from all ages, they all want the best for you. I think that’s what draws people into Manchester United. Once they become a part of it, it never leaves them. When I was a kid this is this is what I dreamed of doing
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[Rashford: Beating Tottenham the hardest Man Utd have had to work for result] This is the hardest we’ve had to work to get a result. The position we’re in now, we want these games. We want to show people we can play against top teams. We had a lot of shots, I wouldn’t say clear-cut chances, the keeper made a few good saves. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. Today they didn’t, but we ground it out. Happy times always to play in front of the home fans
[Rashford was made to endure a long delay before he was able to take his penalty as the incident was checked by VAR] You try to stay calm. With VAR it’s a while before you can take the spot-kick
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[Rashford calls on Man Utd to replicate derby standards after extending purple patch against City] We could have had more goals and really seen the game out. It’s a tough win and sometimes they do more for you as a team. We’ll enjoy this victory and I think it will help us going forward. The challenge for us now is, when you’re in this type of game, the first 30 minutes were terrific and if we can do that for 80-90 minutes of a game, we can be a lot more ruthless. We take the positives and work on the negatives
For a forward, consistency plays a huge part. I’ve been playing every game in the league and getting regular opportunities and regular chances in front of goal. When you are feeling good in front of goal and you are still getting opportunities, if you miss a couple it doesn’t matter because you feel confident that when the next one comes you’ll put it away. I was unlucky with one that hit the bar and one where I tried to go first time. These are little things that if we can nail down, we can come in at three or 4-0 and the game’s gone then. They are the things we can improve on
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[Marcus Rashford echoes Neville’s view that racism is a problem in society and not just football] The fact it is still happening is not good enough. We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice. The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country
2019 12 13 Retrieve
[Rashford reacts to Solskjaer’s Cristiano Ronaldo comparison] The Ronaldo [comparison] was nice, definitely a compliment. But I understand how far I’ve got left to go to reach the heights he reached so I am very clear-minded and focused on myself
It is a bit overwhelming, but it is the process of development. The players I looked up to are obviously older now. The younger players look up to us. The transition happens so fast. When I understood that, my perception of that picture changed a little bit. When I was younger and saw people such as Beckham and Scholes on the walls, it gave me that determination every time you went to training. I wanted to reach those heights. I knew they were on the other side of the building, training every day and working hard. I was so far away from them but so close at the same time. It’s happening now where people like me and Scotty [McTominay] are an example to some of the academy lads who are coming in. It will be the same in a few years’ time, when it’s the next lot of kids. While that happens, I don’t see United’s breeding of players slowing down
2019 12 17 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals how Beckham & Scholes inspired him & why he chose Man Utd over rivals] It’s a bit overwhelming, but when you look at it, it’s just the process of development. The players I looked up to are obviously older now. The younger players look up to us. That transition happens so fast. Until I understood that, my perception of that picture changed a little bit. It became a bit more normal. I understand what it does for the kids. When I was younger and would see people like Beckham and Scholes on the walls, it gives you that determination every time you went to training. You would want to reach those heights. You know they are on the other side of the building, and they are training every day and working hard. You would go and watch them on a weekend. You would be so far away from them, but you were so close at the same time. That is what those pictures in the academy give you
[On how he ended up with the Red Devils] Before I came to United, there were loads of different clubs. Obviously, my mum didn’t really know much about football. Obviously, we supported Man Utd. It was my brothers, really, who managed to categorise good academies from bad academies, and then the final decision just came down to which club do you love and want to play for? Once I went to United, it was perfect. It was everything that you wish for as a kid. That’s how it all began, really. Whether you leave the club or you stay here forever, that feeling never leaves you for your whole life. People say that once you play for Man Utd, you’re always a red, and for me, that’s true
It was unfortunate for Anthony Martial that he got injured, but it was an opportunity to speed up the process for me playing in the first team. Because of the way it happened, I wasn’t thinking much about anything. I just wanted to enjoy the moment. It was something special for the rest of my career. I just wanted to enjoy it. I think I would have made my debut, just later in the season. It was Leicester or Watford away about four months [earlier]. I was on the bench but didn’t manage to get on. You could see I was getting closer and closer to the first team and maybe getting a game
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[Marcus Rashford says he is bang up for another derby after Manchester United were paired with rivals Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals] Made to work for it but job done tonight getting into semis. Bang up for another derby too. Best games to play. Best games to win
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[In December’s Manchester derby Fred and Jesse Lingard were also barracked by home supporters at the Etihad Stadium] We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over the last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice. The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country
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[Rashford feels progress is being made and believes United will come back into contention for major silverware at home and abroad in the near future] I definitely want to win the Champions League and Premier League with United. When I was growing up you saw them winning these things, it became normal. We are in a good position now because I can see where the team is heading and we are going in the right direction. We just have to be patient and keep improving
The position I’m playing now, this is my favoured position. It’s not really left wing, but it’s not No.9. When you are a No.9 you have to be prepared to not see the ball, it’s tough.
Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba is a good partnership. There is nothing better for strikers in a game if you both score, I go home smiling and it’s a beautiful feeling. For Paul, he takes so much pride in his passing. When he gives the ball he cares about it
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[When discussing United’s current position with Van Persie] With Ole, he understands where the club is right now, but he doesn’t want us to lose the United DNA and identity
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[Rashford praises Van Gaal for playing key role in his rise at Man Utd] The time with Louis was very good for me. He and Ryan Giggs helped me a lot. Because that transition from the reserves to the first team can be hard - I hadn’t played much reserve football. I was on the bench for the first team before I had even started for the reserves. Van Gaal was top. At the time I was getting a lot of praise and attention from everywhere outside but the biggest thing for me were his words. That was what was making me smile every day. To be part of Man United’s first team. There were some games when it was difficult. I remember a game - Tottenham away - when he took me off at half-time. The next day we spoke honestly - I was still smiling
Sometimes we are our biggest nightmare. We want everything too fast. Because we won the FA Cup with Van Gaal, I had it in my mind that we were going to win everything. So you are going into the season with expectations and you get a reality check. The way he dealt with the Spurs situation - that was the game I realised I was in a man’s world
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[Marcus Rashford has insisted that Manchester United will go all out to try and win a unique treble this season, ahead of a Carabao Cup showdown against Manchester City] I always say that the highlight of your career, when you look back, they’re the stand-out moments. To be honest, right now, we’d have any trophy. If we keep our mind on the fact that winning the league has obviously gone but we’re still heavily involved in every other competition, so we can potentially have three trophies come the end of the season. I just keep that at the forefront of my mind as the main aim and main objective of this season
It’s two big games against City but we’re one step away from Wembley. That’s the objective for us. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we know what that means for the club, and for the players and staff as well. Hopefully we can perform well and get results in these two games against them and progress on to win the tournament. It [the away win in December] gives us confidence but, to be honest, I don’t expect the game to be the same type of game as it was there.
We could have been three or four goals up, so I expect them to change something. Maybe not personnel but formation. So we’ll see what they put in front of us and we have to find a way to beat them. I think all the players are ready for these types of games. You prepare for them mentally and, sometimes, you just drag yourself through it physically. But, as long as we’re mentally ready for the game and approach it in the right manner, with the right mindset, we know we can do it
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[Rashford: World-class David de Gea kept Man Utd in Carabao Cup tie] For me, it wasn’t the goal that gives us a chance. David made three or four world-class saves and that’s the reason we’re still in the tie. We have to understand that. They changed a little bit from the last time we played against them. Maybe we have to adapt a little bit more on the pitch as players and try to control the game a little bit more. It’s tough against them - they’re a good team - but we have to expect more from ourselves. It’s disappointing to lose the game. The first half wasn’t good enough. The second half was a little bit better and a little bit more like ourselves. But today we weren’t good enough to win the game. Now we have to focus on Norwich.
It’s a nice feeling to captain the side for the first time, but it’s the result that matters and we didn’t manage to get the win.
[When ask about two-goal salvage operation in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain last season] It’s a different game, different players. But what we found in Paris, we have to find that in us again. We have to go there and score goals and win the game
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[Marcus Rashford has hailed the start Daniel James has made at Manchester United, saying the Wales international has been ‘brilliant’ since his summer arrival] Dan has been brilliant since he came in. He works hard in every single game and, when it comes down to it, that is all you can ask of each player - to give it all they’ve got. He definitely does that and, if we can adapt more to his playing style, he can cause some teams nightmares down the right-hand side, as we’ve seen in some games this season. But I like his deliveries as well. He takes his time and doesn’t just cross it. He lifts his head up and tries to pick you out. It’s these little things that, as time goes on, he will definitely improve on and build on
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[Rashford ‘gutted’ with back injury that could rule Man Utd star out of Liverpool clash] Never want to feel like I’ve let my teammates, the club and most importantly the fans down so did my very best to carry on tonight and was gutted to come off. Top work from the lads to get into the next round
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[Rashford concedes his disappointment with the injury blow] Would have done anything to be involved today so really disappointed to miss out. Come on Man Utd let’s do this!
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[When asked about his ambition and whether he has Rooney in his sights] I don’t pay too much attention to that. If you’re playing your best football, then whatever happens, happens. If I was to get that record but we go into the next decade with no trophies, that’s not going to be the greatest feeling for me. If I don’t get the record but we get lots of trophies and something to look back on, that’s the most important thing
[Pressed further on his desire to become a legend] That’s always the aim. You grow up around so many people who have that United legend status that it becomes part of your dream. When you dream of playing for Man United, you don’t only dream of making your debut; you dream of being like [David] Beckham, [Paul] Scholes and [Ryan] Giggs. It’s part of the dream as an academy lad
To win the World Cup, and for Man United to win the Champions League. We need to start showing signs that we can be the United of old. Football has changed a lot, so it’s not going to be exactly the same, but we know the club can do it. It’s been difficult, but it’s a period of transition. As long as we stay focused, I don’t see why we can’t turn things around and really improve
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Rashford edging closer to full fitness: I feel 10 times better now] I feel much better. I have a scan in another couple of days and that should solidify it, but I feel much better compared to two or three weeks ago. I feel 10 times better now. For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build back up to training and then playing games for the team. I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive
[Rashford says his recent rehabilitation has been carried out at home due to the restrictions put in place to control the impact of COVID-19] Everyone is just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can. I’ve just been in my house doing my gym work and recovery, reading books, watching Netflix and just doing what I can do to make the time pass further. There’s not really anything you can do that comes close to being in the changing room and being in the team, so I’m not trying to chase that high. I had to have time off anyway because of my injury, but I’m fortunate enough to have a bike in the gym downstairs. Not much in that sense has actually changed for me because I can still do my daily routine that I was doing.
[Rashford is also heading up a campaign for the FareShare charity] I didn’t know how high the numbers were of kids not eating at home other than school meals. That number kind of shocked me. And then I remember speaking to a friend who was saying there was an opportunity where we can help these people and FareShare allowed us to make it work. I don’t think I’ve actually ever done something at such short notice before. I thought let’s try and get to £100,000 and right now we’re on £97,000.
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[Rashford cleared by Man Utd to step up ‘encouraging’ return from injury] For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build back up to training and then playing games for the team. I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive
In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
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[Man Utd star Rashford delivering free meals to children during Premier League suspension] In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
I think when times are tough it is important that two clubs who have a huge social following that we do come together and make a difference when things which are bigger than football happen. So credit to both clubs
It’s just about patience, I have been working hard on the bikes and following the programme that I have been given from the club. I am just taking it day by day but I do feel 10 times better than I felt a month and a half ago so things are moving in the right direction and hopefully I will be ready to play again soon. It’s very difficult, even when there’s nothing on TV. I have been watching old games from years ago. I know me and the United boys have been missing football
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Sancho’s international team-mate Marcus Rashford hopes the flying winger will join him at Manchester United] It would be good [if Sancho joined]. Sancho’s a great player and he’s like a new generation player. It’s definitely exciting to watch him become the player he’s becoming. Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good. He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative - these are the things you need to be world class
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[Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford explained the players were eager to make sure money made its way to the frontline as the world struggles against the proliferation of the virus] For us, we want to help in the best way possible and getting money to the right places is a massive thing. It took a lot of time, a lot of conversations between the players and we came to a decision that this was the best way to do it. The club have supported that, so everyone is happy. You can get some backlash if you try to help but don’t do it in the best way possible, so we wanted to take our time with the decision, and we did that
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Rashford eager to ‘get back to winning trophies’ at Man Utd] Everyone wants to win trophies. As long as the team is successful and we get back to winning titles and trophies, that’s the main thing for me. To win the World Cup, and for Man United to win the Champions League. We need to start showing signs that we can be the United of old. Football has changed a lot, so it’s not going to be exactly the same, but we know the club can do it. It’s been difficult, but it’s a period of transition. As long as we stay focused, I don’t see why we can’t turn things around and really improve
You grow up around so many people who have that United legend status that it becomes part of your dream. When you dream of playing for Man United, you don’t only dream of making your debut; you dream of being like Beckham, Scholes and Giggs. It’s part of the dream as an academy lad
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Rashford reserves Man Utd tickets for NHS ‘superstars’] In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals what he wants from Man Utd’s midfielders] It would have been a dream to play with someone like that. The biggest thing for me is range of passing. Probably the closest thing to that was when Wazza (Wayne Rooney) was playing a bit deeper and it was just so enjoyable to play as a No.9 in those games when he was playing in that position. Similar with Carras (Michael Carrick) as well, as soon as they get the ball they look forward and want to play forward, not only to feet but in behind a lot of the time. As a forward that’s all you want. As long as someone is seeing the passes and trying to make them, that’s what you thrive on
2020 04 19b Retrieve
[Rashford affirms he is happy with the altered role that Solskjaer has asked him to fulfil] A lot of it depends on the players that you are playing with. When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9.
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Rashford admits Mourinho’s tough love made him a better player at Man Utd] It was tough but I think when you look back on it in five or six years, they’re the moments that give you that mental toughness. As an all-round player I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to those two years under Jose. We had ups and downs. When I look back at it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player
His mentality was beyond anything I’d ever played with before. He didn’t care what anyone would say to him or what anyone was saying about him. In terms of his mentality he was key to my development, especially when Jose was there because he was someone who had played under him before and he knew you had to be a certain type of way to survive under him
When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9
2020 04 20b Retrieve
[Rashford prefers to play on the left as Man Utd star admits to being ‘isolated’ as a striker] When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9. When I transitioned to a No.9 when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball. When I started playing No.9, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions, but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals. That’s what I loved about being a No.9 and that’s what I still love about it. But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between the two - and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony [Martial] likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Rashford admits he wouldn’t have been ‘100 per cent’ fit for Euros] Yeah, you know, for me, I was probably going to go back with the team towards the middle or end of April. ut that would have been a push, obviously, because I didn’t want to miss the summer. I doubt I would have been 100 per cent fit going into that tournament, or even finishing off the season, but that’s what we were aiming for. Obviously, since then, a lot’s happened with this virus so, for my body really, it’s been good to give it its full duration to rest
[When asked how he has been progressing in self-isolation as he continues down the comeback trail] Yeah, it’s good. Obviously, I need to step it up a little bit now, but it’s difficult to do with not being in the training ground. I’ve just added a few bits and pieces - I’m pushing myself on the bike, and doing more core work and upper body, so just day-by-day really, taking it slow. It’s difficult. Obviously you can train at the training ground every day and that’s the peak of your fitness. To try to emulate that at home, it’s almost impossible. Everyone’s just trying to get as close as they can to that. Some of the lads have been out running every day and have programmes from the club. But even doing that, running [5km or 6km], maybe it’s more than what you’d run in the training session, but it’s not the same spike in intensity. So it’s difficult to try to mirror that. You’ve just got to try to do as best as you can. You know, in yourself, when you’re as fit as you can be and, during this time, it’s definitely tough
2020 05 02 Retrieve
[Rashford sends special message to Man Utd youth teams over cancelled seasons] The news you got yesterday was probably not what you wanted to hear. I know all you want to do is play because I’m the same but the decision has been made to protect everyone involved. This is bigger than football. You might be feeling a bit low but the best thing you can do is pick up your ball and get out in the garden. When I was in the academy I used to find a spot in the garden and aim for targets just so I could practice my accuracy, get creative! Now is not the time to fall out of love with the game, it’s a time to remember why you fell in love with it in the first place. You’ve got this and we can’t wait to see you all back next season.
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Rashford: Nothing compares to my debut goal for Manchester United] You know, every other goal after that, it’s not quite the same as that first goal. I just felt grateful, really, to have the opportunity to play for the club and to be able to score goals like the one on my debut
2020 05 19 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals Lukaku gesture behind his Man Utd winner at PSG] The penalty was between me and Rom I think. But you know Rom is one of those guys who if, well, in that particular game he’d scored two goals already, he could have taken it and got a hat-trick. But he’s the kind of guy that when you play in a strike partnership with him, he wants you both to do well and he just threw the ball to me and said you take it. Which of course I was willing to let him take it because it’s an opportunity for a hat-trick you know which is obviously a very good achievement. But he just said he wanted me to take it so that was when you just sort of prepare yourself for the moment and just try and relax. You know you think about the times that you’ve practiced, and you want your head to be focused
I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch. That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about. You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight. Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes. And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing. For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up
I remember a couple of months before my debut I was on the bench and at that moment I didn’t feel ready. I didn’t feel like I belonged in the first team. You know that’s why timing is so important. I wasn’t ready to play that game so I think the manager knew what he was doing at the time. Van Gaal is very experienced with young players and he wanted to wait for the right time. When I made my debut it just felt natural, it just felt like I was playing with my normal team-mates
2020 05 26 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Rashford given award for charity work] Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all. Each and every one of you that has contributed the few pounds you can, you’ve all made a huge difference - 2.8 million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help. I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare. To be recognised by my city is a great feeling. From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Thank you all, you’re all superstars. And we won’t stop until children and their parents no longer have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. I appreciate you all, thank you to the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester
2020 05 29 Retrieve
[Rashford back and ready to lead Manchester United from the front] I have sort of had my head down. It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured
I have just been getting my head down and working. I am privileged enough to have the equipment I need at home so it is not much different for me as I do a lot of work at home anyway, so I am just staying indoors and making sure I am eating right. For me, motivation is always quite simple. It changes as time goes on, but now that everything outside the pitch is sort of dealt with, I can just focus on myself and improving myself. That is my motivation every day. Regardless of whether we are stuck inside or not, that doesn’t change.
A lot of the things he (Solskjaer) is speaking about are instinctive. So it’s not necessarily something that you work on it, it’s just recognising certain pictures. If someone else is shooting, it’s instinct to follow in. You don’t practise that out on the [training] pitch but I think you get a lot of that from speaking to him
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[On Monday, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford posted on Twitter that] We appear to be more divided than ever. I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world. At a time where I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to be more divided than ever. People are hurting and we need answers. Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Pogba and Rashford return for Man Utd in training game] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on
2020 06 06b Retrieve
[Fit-again Rashford out to break 20-goal barrier as he sees Man Utd ‘much stronger’ after lockdown] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on.
2020 06 11 Tweet
[Rashford hits charity milestone as Man Utd star helps FareShare to supply three million meals to vulnerable people] Guys, I have AMAZING news!! We had a goal that by end of June FareShare would be able to supply 3million meals to vulnerable people across the UK. TODAY we have met the financial goal to provide these meals. Thank you all SO much for the support. And whilst I’m celebrating this, there is SO much more to do. Trust me when I say, I will keep fighting until no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This is England in 2020 and families need help
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker will ‘keep fighting’ to tackle child hunger. Manchester United striker has helped the FareShare charity raise more than £20m during lockdown] We had a goal that by end of June we would be able to supply 3 million meals to vulnerable people across the UK. Today we have met the financial goal to provide these meals. Thank you all so much for the support. And whilst I’m celebrating this, there is so much more to do. Trust me when I say, I will keep fighting until no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This is England in 2020 and families need help
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says he is fit and raring to go as Manchester United prepare for the return of the Premier League] I have been training now for two or three weeks. It is important to get the fitness levels back up. You want to feel good again going into the game. I am definitely at that stage. I am just excited for the games to start again. It is a little disappointing that there will be no fans but they can watch it on TV and I hope they start enjoying the sport again. Football is a game that puts smiles on people’s faces. That’s what makes the game so great.
Before the lockdown, me and my family were speaking about how this situation can affect certain people. We came to the conclusion that some families and kids will be in vulnerable positions because their parents have lost their jobs so we knew their families will be affected and we decided to help. We just have to try and help people in different situations. That’s actually how the conversation came about. Me and my team started researching and learning more about the situation. The best way possible is to help
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has written to the House of Commons urging Members of Parliament to continue a free meal scheme for vulnerable youngsters] The government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy - I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England. I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension. This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority. As a black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbors, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has urged the UK government to reconsider its decision not to extend the current food voucher scheme into the school summer holidays] This is not about politics; this is about humanity. Looking at ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we did everything we could to protect those who can’t, for whatever reason or circumstance, protect themselves. Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry? Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations if we don’t course correct now. The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy - I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England. I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension. This is England in 2020 and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority
[Around 5m people in households with children have struggled to put food on the table each day during the coronavirus crisis, while a third of children on free school meals did not have adequate alternative options, according to Food Foundation estimates] On a week that would have opened Euro 2020, I wanted to reflect back to May 27th, 2016, when I stood in the middle of the Stadium of Light in Sunderland having just broken the record for the youngest player to score in his first Senior International match. I watched the crowds waving their flags and fist-pumping the three lions on their shirts and I was overwhelmed with pride not only for myself, but for all of those who had helped me reach this moment and achieve my dream of playing for the England national team. Understand: without the kindness and generosity of the community I had around me, there wouldn’t be the Marcus Rashford you see today: a 22-year-old Black man lucky enough to make a career playing a game I love.
My story to get here is all-too-familiar for families in England: my mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table. But it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked
As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year. It’s only now that I really understand the enormous sacrifice my mum made in sending me away to live in digs aged 11, a decision no mother would ever make lightly
This Summer should have been filled with pride once more, parents and children waving their flags, but in reality, Wembley Stadium could be filled more than twice with children who have had to skip meals during lockdown due to their families not being able to access food. (200,000 children according to Food Foundation estimates).
As their stomachs grumble, I wonder if those 200,000 children will ever be proud enough of their country to pull on the England national team shirt one day and sing the national anthem from the stands
As a Black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbours, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help
[The break has allowed Rashford to recover from the back injury that kept him out of the majority of those games and he is now ready to help United pick up where they left off in their first match in over three months, away to Tottenham on June 19] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally, I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on
2020 06 15b Retrieve
[Rashford says Manchester United are in a ‘much stronger position’ ahead of the Premier League’s return] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally, I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on
2020 06 15c Retrieve
[Rashford reveals Manchester United allowed him to join their academy early due to home circumstances] My mum was a single parent, she had five kids all living in the same house. The programme that I started at 11 years old, you’re supposed to start it at 12 years old. It basically gives you accommodation closer to the training facilities and a new school and she worked that hard to push it forward because she knew that was a step I needed to take. I needed to be eating the right food as I was growing, I needed to be close to my team-mates, my new school and my new school friends. She made that decision when I was 11 years old and United allowed it. That was the reason I ended up going at a younger age to the others, it was to help my mum with her situation and also get me out of the situation we were in. So there is always a big element of sacrifice to get to the top level and that’s the one we had to make
My mum, she did the best she could, we used to go to a shop called Pound World and everything was under a pound. We would schedule out the week, we would get seven yoghurts and you could have one yoghurt a day and so on. She did the best she could within the circumstances. There are some families out there, like mine, that have four or five kids and it is literally impossible for her to take control of the situation. This is all going on at a time when kids should be concentrating on school work and stuff like that. It is crazy to think this is still going on in 2020 and it’s something I don’t believe should be happening
2020 06 15d Retrieve
[Selfless Rashford leading by example in coronavirus pandemic] My mum worked full-time, earning the minimum wage, to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table, but it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked. The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy - I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England. As a Black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbours, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help.
Whether the outcome is that it doesn’t change, or it does change, I know I’ve done the right thing in trying to help these people
2020 06 16 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says he is ‘not beaten yet’ after the government rejected his plea for the food voucher scheme to be extended] Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. I don’t claim to have the education of an MP in parliament, but I do have a social education. I am clued up on the difference a U-turn decision would make on the 1.3 million vulnerable children across the UK who are registered for free school meals because 10 years ago I was one of them
[Rashford, whose letter was praised by education leaders and teachers’ unions] When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown. When you turn on your kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee think of those parents who have had to default on electricity bill payments just to make ends meet having lost their jobs during the pandemic. And when you head to the fridge to grab the milk, stop and recognise that parents of at least 200,000 children across the country this morning are waking up to empty shelving. Recognise children around the country are this morning innocently questioning ‘why?’ 9 out of 30 children in any given classroom are today asking ‘why?’ ‘Why does our future not matter?’
2020 06 16b Retrieve
[Rashford urges government U-turn on free school meals] People often ask me how it felt to score the deciding penalty against PSG to knock them out of the Champions League last season, my answer is always the same: did we go on to win the tournament? I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over the last 24 hours, from MPs and members of the public, but the feeling I have is exactly the same as when we got knocked out of the Champions League against Barcelona in the next round: what did we achieve if we didn’t get the result we needed? If we didn’t lift the Champions League?
Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. A U-turn on the decision to stop the free food voucher scheme continuing over the summer holidays could help us reach the next round but we still have a very long way to go as a country to eventually lift the trophy. In this case, the trophy is combating child poverty.
I don’t claim to have the education of an MP in parliament, but I do have a social education. I am clued up on the difference a U-turn decision would make on the 1.3 million vulnerable children across the UK who are registered for free school meals because 10 years ago I was one of them.
When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about the parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown. When you turn on your kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee think of those parents who have had to default on electricity bill payments just to make ends meet having lost their jobs during the pandemic. And when you head to the fridge to grab the milk, stop and recognise that parents of at least 200,000 children across the country this morning are waking up to empty shelving. Recognise children around the country are this morning innocently questioning ‘why?’ 9 out of 30 children in any given classroom are today asking ‘why?’ ‘Why does our future not matter?’
2020 06 16c Retrieve
[Rashford says UK government has ‘done what is right’ with free school meals U-turn] This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard. I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right. There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight. The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority
2020 06 23 Retrieve
[Rashford’s own personal experiences as a child pushed him to fight for those who are in the same situation he used to be when his mother was reliant on state-funded food] I was obviously shocked. I spoke to him and thanked him for that. It’s a nice feeling but I’m just happy that people’s lives, and people’s summers especially, have been changed for the better
2020 06 24 Retrieve
[The Manchester United striker has recently been successful with his campaign to persuade the government to extend a free school meals scheme outside term time] It’s becoming more normal that people speak out on topics that they believe in and I think it’s just positive for the future. Just look at the generations after us - hopefully it becomes a normal thing and people actually want to do that and put themselves forward to do that
2020 07 15 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford to receive honorary doctorate by University of Manchester] It’s a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot