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Rashford eyes fresh start with Ten Hag at the Man Utd helm.

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Rashford believes Man United’s poor form last season amplified his below-par displays but insists it will be different under Ten Hag.

Rashford is looking forward to a new era under Ten Hag at Man Utd.

England forward Marcus Rashford claims that Erik Ten Hag’s intense training sessions are already paying dividends.

Rashford had a below-par 2021/22 season like several other United players, scoring four goals in 25 Premier League appearances, and lost his place in the England squad.

However, the 24-year-old is looking forward to a fresh start and is happy to be part of Ten Hag’s Red Devils.

"For me, it is a fresh start, something I am looking forward to," Rashford said in a press conference.

"The first two and a half weeks of training has been good. We have improved a lot, and we're a lot fitter than last season.

"We have a lot of room for improvement. I'm in a good place right now. I am looking forward to getting more games under my belt and getting ready for the season. It is a lot easier to make mistakes in a team that is winning.

"Individually it is the same thing. It is a lot easier to come back and improve when you make mistakes in a winning team. When you are losing it is difficult.

"It has not been natural to have a long break, just under four weeks, long break physical and mentally. It is an opportunity to refresh. I am ready to go again.

"This is the first year I have been with the team since the beginning [of pre-season].

"I feel a lot better than usual when I go away with the national team and come back part-way through the preseason. It is important to get a fresh start. I feel fresh and ready."

United's new style of play under Ten Hag helped them seal a 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok earlier this week, and the Dutch coach insists he wants his players to be proactive in every area.

"In every part of the team I want proactivity," Ten Hag said. "That's the most important, that players take initiative - on the ball and off the ball, offence and defence.

"I would not say that we played man marking (against Liverpool). At a certain moment we played man marking and we want to press. We want to press all day, by that I mean proactive football.

"Sometimes we can we do that high but if (it's) not possible then we have to read it as a team and we drop lower. But, still, we want to press. That has to be the intention all day."

Man United have left Thailand after their match against Jurgen Klopp's Reds and are currently in Australia preparing for their next pre-season match against Melbourne Victory on Friday.

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