Marcus Rashford has expressed his delight at being pictured on the wall of Manchester United’s academy.
The 20-year-old, who broke into the first team almost two years ago, has claimed 10 goals and seven assists so far this season.
Jose Mourinho authorised the removal of pictures of various Man United legends at Carrington earlier this season, but the club’s academy is adorned with players who came through the ranks to succeed in the first team.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) February 5, 2018
“I think it’s good for us,” he said. “It’s a proud moment to know you are going to be pictured on the wall but I believe it’s more for the younger players. When they come into training here, they can see us on the wall and they know playing for the first team is possible.”
“It’s a difficult thing to do – if you don’t have people telling you the right things, you can fall off course, so it’s just little things like that. Also, you can see coverage of the Busby Babes and older players.
“When you’re younger, you can come up to your parents afterwards and see these types of graphics and photos on the wall and it helps gives you the confidence that it can be done.”
What has impressed most about Rashford’s rise at Old Trafford is not the astonishing first few months, nor the trophies he has already obtained, but rather the way he has remained there.
He has 100 appearances to his name at the age of 20 and that, in his mind for sure, will feel far more valuable than scoring the winner against Manchester City. It also serves as a reminder to the likes of Angel Gomes and Taith Chong, who are both impressing at youth level, that hard work has to accompany talent for any significant steps to be made.
And as questions continue to surround Rashford’s predicament in the first team following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, we ought to remember that behind the placid face lies a true warrior – someone who refused to let his fortuitous entry into the first team go to waste.