Manchester United are in the midst of a summer of transition, and Erik ten Hag has identified Marcus Rashford as a possible position switcher who may play as a No 9.
Marcus Rashford has begun bulking up in preparation for Manchester United’s first preseason under Erik ten Hag.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford had a poor season, but it wasn’t through a lack of effort.
And the 24-year-old has already been working hard this summer in order to impress new manager Erik ten Hag ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Last season, the attacker suffered mightily, making only 13 Premier League starts as he returned from injury and then failed to reclaim his best form.
The 24-year-old’s demeanor was frequently emphasized, as he appeared to be a shell of his former self.
But it appears that he is now ready to reach his full potential, help his childhood club return to the top four, and qualify for England’s World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
In his quest to regain full form, having Cristiano Ronaldo as a teammate can’t do any harm.
Rashford shared a video of a weight-lifting exercise, and the Daily Telegraph reports that he will fly to the United States over the off-season for a “working holiday” ahead of the Premier League side’s pre-season, which begins on June 27.
Ten Hag is now responsible for reactivating the academy graduate.
According to a source, Rashford’s future role at the club might be determined by whether or not they buy a central striker, with the Englishman being considered for that position moving forward.
The club will embark on a pre-season trip that will include friendlies against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace, and Aston Villa.
That might be Rashford’s moment to establish his value as a No 9 – a position he has filled on a few occasions at Old Trafford.
The United player shared a video of himself working out in a gym on social media.
“3 sessions in and feeling fantastic after a wonderful break with amazing friends. Back to work.” He said in the post.
With Anthony Martial expected to follow Edinson Cavani out the exit door, Ten Hag is facing a striker exodus.
According to sources, Rashford was said to be evaluating his future at Old Trafford early in the season.
For the Manchester derby, Ralf Rangnick chose to start without a recognizable striker, instead using Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as false nines.
Gary Neville stated on commentary, “That’s got to be the ultimate let down for Marcus Rashford today.
He started the season with four other center forwards and is still unable to get into the team.
I felt they were much worse when Rashford and Lingard came in.” the Sky Sports commentator said when the strikers came on in the second half. “They were awful, in my opinion.”
Despite this, the former United player believes the 24-year-old has a future under the new Dutch boss.
He asserted: “I believe Ten Hag would see Rashford and think to himself, ‘this is a project I can work with.’
Ten Hag would probably believe he’s speedy because he runs; if I can offer him some instruction, I think we can work together.”
Rashford’s best goal-scoring season was in 2019/20, when he scored 22 goals for Manchester United.