Marcus Rashford has been pictured putting in the hard yards ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Jose Mourinho‘s men, set to fly to Los Angeles on Sunday, will play a total of eight games in eight cities over a 28 day period, taking on Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid twice in the process.
Rashford has been enjoying some time off in the U.S over the last few weeks, meeting Ronaldinho and American football star Odell Beckham Jr.
But he has now diverted his attention firmly on gearing up for what will be a hectic pre-season tour.
It is often said that the second season – the period following a startling breakthrough campaign – for a youngster at a big club is the hardest. Anthony Martial is a classic example; Leicester City as a whole can be seen as another example. Announcing yourself to the world is one thing, but sustaining that initial wave of enthusiasm is what really counts.
But Rashford, despite starting last season on the fringes, made this typically testing period his own. He became indispensable, growing in maturity and presence as the months went by, especially during the weeks that followed Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s injury.
The stage is set for the teenager. He has defied logic on numerous occasions since appearing for the first time back in February 2016. We are now at a stage where we expect a certain level of commitment and individual brilliance, so my overriding feelings for Rashford going into next season are not ones of trepidation – that the bubble would eventually burst – but instead excited expectation of what lies ahead.