Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed Marcus Rashford to “shut everybody up” this season under recent boss Erik ten Hag. The England forward struggled last season and made just 13 Premier League starts attributable to injury and form, but has been tipped by Ferdinand to bounce back and perform after a robust pre-season.
Rashford has scored twice in friendlies last month and recorded an assist, as he impressed on the left-hand side of a forward trio alongside Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial. Ferdinand, speaking on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE lie detector show, has backed Rashford to proceed this good form into the brand new season.
“Marcus, shut these people us please,” Ferdinand said. “Shut everyone up, I don’t need to hear no chat from these people, I would like you to come back back, you’ve had a pre-season, you’ve got no injuries now, blast up the Premier League, please, I don’t need to hear no chat.
“That lie detector just told you I’m telling the reality. Marcus, yeah, last season his body language was the thing that was affecting me, he didn’t look comfortable, I seen him last yr, I spoke to him about it, even for those who’re not comfortable sometimes you’ve got to go on the market and act that’s what players do.
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“Sometimes I wasn’t comfortable with something behind the scenes possibly but you wouldn’t know that the best way I played, forget performance, my body language would never have the opportunity for people to go ‘ what, he looks like he ain’t comfortable or something’s occurring behind the scenes there’.
“Marcus, for whatever reason it crept into his performance and his demeanour last season. This season, he’s going to be happier, he’s had a pre-season, no injuries and there’s a manager here from what I’m seeing him speak about that he says what I’m believing him and what he’s saying. If them three things play out this season, Marcus Rashford will come good this season.”
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Last season Rashford scored just 4 league goals, his lowest tally since breaking into the United first team in 2016. He has revealed that having a break over the summer has helped rejuvenate the 24-year-old ahead of what might be a giant season for him.
“For me personally, it’s priceless to have the pre-season that I’ve had,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “Sometimes I do not really take as much note of it because often we’re playing games in the summertime and stuff like that, so the subsequent season kind of just rolls onto the previous season.
“But this yr I’ve had time to interrupt, rest, recuperate mentally and physically, after which I’ve had a correct pre-season. I feel really comfortable. I’m pleased that I managed to try this.”
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