Manchester United superstars Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones have set an excellent example, by returning to first-team training early.
That’s according to The Times, per The Independent, although they could be in breach of their contracts, which states they should have five weeks off in a season; three of which should be consecutive.
At this point in time, I’m not sure Jose Mourinho cares whether they’re breaking the rules and regulations. Quite frankly, United need all they help they can get as injuries are decimating the squad; particularly defensively.
This is the standard that needs to be set. Mourinho loves his footballers to want to fight for the cause. The English duo would have certainly gone up in the self-proclaimed Special One’s estimations.
Jones and Rashford just want to play, and being 100% fit for the new season is vitally important. It’s now down to the United coaching staff to not push them too hard early on. They have to be eased back into proceedings, and I’m sure they’ll be well-aware of their own bodies – as to not rush it.
I think they’ll still be a long-shot to start against Leicester City on the opening day, but for now, let’s just applaud their dedication to the cause.