Marcus Rashford: I took my Man United opportunity and showed my potential

by Tanveer Arayan

Marcus Rashford believes he seized the opportunity handed to him by Louis van Gaal on his debut season at Manchester United.

In just four short months, the teenager has gone from playing at the club’s academy level to representing England at Euro 2016 in France.

After Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up to Man United’s Europa League fixture against FC Midtjylland in February, Rashford was handed his senior debut and has continued to knock down all expectations of himself since.

Speaking about his season, Rashford claims he had to make sure he could perform consistently when he was given a chance.

“I was training and playing with the under 18s and under 21s,” he said.

“When I was called up to train with the first team I had to make sure I kept my performance consistent and then when you get your chance you’ve got to make sure you take it because you might not get another one.

“It’s important you show the manager what you can do.”

He’s been one of the few bright sparks at Old Trafford last season, he scored two goals on his Europa League debut, then followed that up by scoring two on his Premier League debut three days late and even went onto score the winner in the Manchester Derby.

Rashford continued his dream season when he was called up for the European Championships by Roy Hodgson and even found the back of the net just three minutes into his England debut against Australia.

Despite being just 18, he has competed with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane on the main stage by showing his worth to the England side. It’s hard to believe he’s only at the start of his career and it’s an exciting time for United fans who will all be keen to see him develop under Jose Mourinho next season.

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