Marcus Rashford reveals he 'struggled mentally' last season

Marcus Rashford reveals he ‘struggled mentally’ off the pitch last season as he fell out of favour at Man United… but England striker hails ‘different energy’ under Erik ten Hag after he bagged winner against West Ham

  • Marcus Rashford revealed mental struggles as Man United faltered last season
  • The 24-year-old continued his impressive form with a goal against West Ham
  • Rashford has surpassed his goal total for the entirety of the prior campaign
  • The striker hailed the ‘different energy’ around the club under Erik ten Hag 

Marcus Rashford has credited the change in atmosphere around the club at Manchester United in helping him re-find his form in front of goal.

The United youth product netted his 100th goal in all competitions for the club on Sunday as Erik ten Hag’s team extended their Premier League unbeaten streak to five games by defeating West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford. 

Connecting with Christian Eriksen’s cross at the back post, Rashford powered his header past Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabiański to mark his seventh of the season in all competitions.

Marcus Rashford has hailed the ‘different energy’ at Manchester United this season after scoring his 100th goal for the club in the win over West Ham

The England international has already surpassed his goal total for the entirety of last season when United stuttered to a sixth place finish under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.  

Speaking following the game, the 24-year-old explained that he ‘struggled mentally’ as United’s form faltered in the previous campaign but that the atmosphere has changed since the appointment of Ten Hag.

‘I think to be honest it is a complete different energy around the club and training ground. that puts me in a better headspace and I feel really motivated. I struggled mentally and with things off the pitch. That’s the biggest difference.   

The 24-year-old explained that he was often not ‘in the right headspace’ during United’s faltering campaign last season

‘I mean your job (pundits) is to speak about what happens on the pitch, for us we have to get in the right space for every game. Too often last season I wasn’t in the right headspace.’

Gary Neville later weighed in on Rashford’s candid comments on his struggles with his mental health.

‘It was stark to hear Rashford say he wasn’t in the right headspace going into a match. There is no doubt there was too much being put in his head off the pitch. Too much. Sometimes you have to simplify your life. 

‘He was doing so much good off the pitch it was incredible what he was achieving but there comes a point where your bread and butter is your football. 

Gary Neville explained that Rashford’s improved chemistry alongside Cristiano Ronaldo has allowed him to play with more freedom this season

‘I suspect there were people close to him off the pitch that were pulling him away from his core which is football. That’s where he was talking about his headspace. To me he has got that back.’

Neville also stated his delight with Rashford’s performances this season, and expressed that the forward no longer appears ‘subservient’ to strike partner Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘He is a completely different player. People with good intentions thought he would have to move away from Man United. I thought that would be a shame and I hoped the moment would come back were you see him confident again. 

Rashford also heaped praise on the performance of David De Gea in United’s 1-0 win

‘I just think from the very first minute today there were moments where Rashford was running with real power, strength, and flow. There were times last year when he would get it in that position and he was hesitant, now he looks like he has real intent. There were moments last year he would always pass to Ronaldo, was subservient to him.’

Speaking on the eve of his 25th birthday, Rashford also hailed the performance of United stalwart David De Gea in securing the three points.

‘David was excellent. Zouma’s header I don’t know how he saved it and then the one from Rice. David is a top keeper who produces top moments like that. There were nervous moments with set pieces but it’s great to come through it.’




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