Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford insists he wants to impress Jose Mourinho every time he steps onto the pitch.
The 18-year-old’s fairytale rise to prominence doesn’t seem to end as he has consistently knocked down all expectations of himself.
Rashford’s recent showings have not only impressed fans but Mourinho, who has rewarded the Englishman with a place in the starting XI.
Speaking about his aims, Rashford claims he is always trying to give his best each day so he can impress Portuguese boss.
“You have to impress them whether they are new or not. I hope that over the last few games I’ve shown what I can do. But it’s not always the games where you get the message across. It’s every day in training. That’s when you have to impress the manager and the players, too,” he said.
“You have to gain their trust. For me, sometimes it’s more important to perform well in training and know that I am improving, rather than scoring in a game. It’s doing the hard work, day in, day out. The challenge for me is trying to follow up and recreate these moments.
“Once you do it in a game, people expect it again! But I think people know it’s difficult to do it all the time. But that’s the challenging thing — consistency. Especially at a younger age as a lot of things you are going through, some of the players have gone through it six or seven times. It’s different for me as I’m still experiencing that and still learning about the game.”
While even the most experienced players find it difficult keep focus after a successful spell, at 18, Rashford has shown immense maturity to stay grounded.
The striker’s attitude both on and off the pitch has been impressive, and we can only hope for more of the same from him as the season progresses.