It was just a little over twelve months ago when Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene in scintillating fashion. The talented striker scored twice on debut against FC Midtjylland, and since then the man from Wythenshawe has been a mainstay in the match day squad.
This season has been very different for the teenager, as he hasn’t really played as much under Jose Mourinho in comparison to how many minutes he got under Van Gaal.
However, that hasn’t stopped the prodigy talking to the media about how much the self-proclaimed Special One has helped his game – and it’s great to read.
“My all-round game has improved so much over the last year,” Rashford told UEFA, quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “I’m doing things that I knew I could always do but wasn’t doing when I was younger. Being able to do it on the pitch and show it to people is a good feeling to have.
“The people closest to me understand what I mean when I say: ‘I used to think a lot of things but not be able to do it on the pitch when I was younger.’ I’m able to do it now and the manager has helped me a lot with that. I’m thankful.”
Jose Mourinho just seems to have this brilliant relationship with players. Obviously, we don’t see everything that goes on behind the scenes, but the gaffer just has this way with footballers – they just seem to love him.
We’re lucky to have him as our coach as he’s clearly having a real positive influence on the younger guys in the dressing room. Long may it continue, and here is to hoping Jose Mourinho helps us fill up that trophy cabinet considerably before he calls it a day.