Marcus Rashford insists Erik ten Hag’s ‘new ideas and new tactics’ will help Manchester United

Marcus Rashford insists Erik ten Hag’s ‘fresh ideas and tactics’ will help Man United get off to a quick start in the Premier League after a torrid campaign under Ralf Rangnick – as Cristiano Ronaldo’s future uncertain

  • Marcus Rashford has lifted the lid on pre-season training under Erik ten Hag
  • The England striker praised the new boss for bringing ‘fresh ideas and tactics’
  • Rashford scored just four league goals last season as he struggled for form
  • Manchester United will travel to Thailand for their first pre-season game on July 12

Marcus Rashford is targeting a quick start to Manchester United’s Premier League campaign after Erik ten Hag completed his first week of pre-season training as new boss of Old Trafford.

Rashford had his worst year in a United shirt last season, plagued by injuries and often relegated to the bench under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.

The 24-year-old was also kicked out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is returning to Manchester in a bid to recapture an earlier form that has helped him establish himself as one of England’s brightest prospects. ‘Europe.

Marcus Rashford has praised the ‘new tactics and ideas’ Erik ten Hag has brought to Old Trafford

Ten Hag has completed his first week of pre-season training as new Manchester United boss

Ten Hag has completed his first week of pre-season training as new Manchester United boss

Rashford and a host of United players not selected for post-season international matches returned for pre-season training last week as Ten Hag launched his new era in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

“We have that feeling of excitement and buzz around the training ground again and so it’s definitely positive for pre-season,” Rashford said, speaking to MUTV.

“It’s pretty much about, on the one hand, really understanding the principles of how Erik wants us to play and the details, and on the other hand, enjoying it.

“In the first week of training we did both and everyone is looking forward to going on the tour and putting what we did in training into the first games.”

The former Ajax manager’s arrival has been welcomed by United fans and, as Rashford revealed, the players too, with the Dutchman’s new tactic providing them with a fresh challenge to face.

“I think for me it’s just new ideas, new tactics and a new personality that has been added to the team,” he added.

United players not selected for international duty are now back for pre-season training

United players not selected for international duty are now back for pre-season training

Rashford scored the fewest league goals of his career (four) for his boyhood club last season

Rashford scored the fewest league goals of his career (four) for his boyhood club last season

“I’m looking forward to working with him, but also giving us time to adjust to what he wants us to do and feel really natural doing it.”

‘It’s what he wants us to do, because it’s second nature to do the things he wants us to do. These things take time, but it is a challenge we all look forward to.

Rashford underwent shoulder surgery following the conclusion of Euro 2020 and has been widely tipped to have a stellar season for his boyhood club.

But he scored a personal low of just four Premier League goals in 25 appearances as United failed to lift silverware and limped to a Europa League final.

However, he believes the added benefit of a pre-season world tour will help the club in their bid to bounce back under their new manager next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of Champions League football after just one season at United after returning to the club

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of Champions League football after just one season at United after returning to the club

“I don’t think I’ve had a good pre-season since 2019, so for me that’s definitely a positive thing.

“I feel like I probably needed that time to disconnect a bit and that time allowed me to refocus a lot sooner than expected to be honest.

“I feel ready and focused, so when that first game comes around, it’s good to know that you’ve done almost six weeks of training before that.” It will definitely be a positive,” Rashford said.

The winger also admitted the players had “enjoyed the training sessions” at their Carrington complex after a disastrous end to Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure last season.

Ten Hag has reportedly been very disciplined since taking charge of the club, ordering players to arrive at 9 a.m. and subjecting them to long training sessions, with the 52-year-old being “very detailed on the ‘grass and even within everyone’s rules”. Game’.

Ten Hag monitors United's training complex

Rashford returned for pre-season training on Monday

Rashford hopes to impress new boss Ten Hag as he vies to become a regular starter at Old Trafford after last season’s disastrous campaign

But Rashford gave an even deeper insight into training at one of the biggest clubs in the world, admitting “We don’t just do football and running, we do a bit of both, so it’s is fun and it’s a good sign for the future.”

The future of star striker and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been thrown into doubt as the striker reportedly targets a summer exit from Old Trafford in search of Champions League football.

Ten Hag hasn’t made any summer signings so far this transfer window, but a deal for Feyenoord Tyrell Malacia is expected to close shortly after the full-back arrives in Manchester for his medical on Sunday.

United will fly to Thailand for the start of their pre-season tour in less than ten days as Premier League clubs ramp up their preparations for the start of the new season.

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