Marcus Rashford has spoken out about how he remains grounded at Manchester United, pointing towards the education he received at youth level.
The 19-year-old, following a groundbreaking few months under Louis van Gaal, managed the most appearances (53) out of any senior member of the squad last season.
And he has made a scintillating start to the new campaign, claiming five goals and four assists in just seven starts on the left hand side.
Speaking soon after a powerful performance against Crystal Palace, Rashford explained the role of the club in keeping him grounded at United.
“There’s loads of different examples I can give you of ways they keep us grounded,” he said.
“If you are winning a game by a ridiculous scoreline, obviously as an attacker you might start messing about if you’ve scored three goals or whatever.
“But the coaches will tell you: ‘You’re beating them but still show them respect.’ They drill that into you from a very young age.
“Obviously the coaching is very good, but they also try to turn you into good people as well as good players. It’s about having respect for everyone, regardless of who they are or what they’re doing. That is probably the baseline at United, no matter what age you are. Just having that alone can get you a long way. It’s the main message they give you.”
Rashford ought to be seen as a freak of nature in the footballing sphere. Nobody, after all, should ever have this much talent at such a young age.
And yet, at the same time, so much of the Englishman’s success is rooted in what anybody at the club’s academy could pick up: the right attitude.
Rashford has not just picked up the qualities of a superb footballer at United; he has simultaneously learned how to be a respectful, focused individual as well. And that is perhaps even more important.