Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford insists the the club’s family ethos helped him develop as a player.
He quickly burst onto the scence last season under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and even went on to make his senior debut for Roy Hodgson’s England squad at Euro 2016.
Rashford was relatively unknown before Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up for the Europa League fixture against FC Midtjylland, but he has since knocked down all expectations of himself.
Speaking about his breakthrough season, he insists the club’s youth academy played a vital role in his incredible rise.
“Every player develops from the moment they join the academy and that continues right through to the first-team,” he said.
“This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.
“The environment is very important – at Manchester United you are very well looked after both on and off the pitch.
“From the moment I came here I have felt at home and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.
“I would say the step up to the first team was the most significant. At the start of the season my aim was to cement a place in the under-21 team.
“So to get the call up to be included in the first-team was like a dream come true. To play football in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford is what most young boys dream of doing.”
Rashford played a vital role in van Gaal’s squad after he made his senior debut and many fans are hoping to see his development continue under new boss Jose Mourinho.
He now has the opportunity to learn from one of the best strikers in the game as Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line next season and it’s a perfect opportunity to better himself.
Mourinho has explained he won’t be playing at the pre-season tour along with England team-mates Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling agter their participation in Euro 2016 so I can’t wait to see him action again.