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Marcus Rashford hopes to make a surge at Old Trafford ahead of World Cup in November

CHRIS WHEELER: Marcus Rashford is DESPERATE to make a late World Cup wave and ignite Man United’s revival under Erik ten Hag… as he starts a 10-day training camp in the US this week after coming out of the English selection was omitted

  • Marcus Rashford hopes to revive his Man United career ahead of the World Cup
  • The attacker was left out of Gareth Southgate’s roster for Nations League matches
  • United No. 10 is optimistic that new boss Erik ten Hag can help him recover his form
  • Rashford will face stiff competition for places in Southgate’s squad in November

Less than a month after the Premier League ends, Marcus Rashford will land in the US this week for a 10-day individual training camp.

There is no time to lose. Rashford is desperate to revive his Manchester United career under new manager Erik ten Hag and the clock is ticking ahead for the World Cup in November.

He was once one of England’s brightest prospects, but Rashford’s hopes of being on the plane to Qatar are at stake. He is in a race against time to rejoin the squad, even one so weak in attack that only one goal was scored in their matches against Hungary, Germany and Italy this month.

Marcus Rashford is hopeful he can turn his Man United career around for the World Cup

Marcus Rashford is hopeful he can turn his Man United career around for the World Cup

The 24-year-old will try to secure a spot on the English plane to the World Cup in November

The 24-year-old will try to secure a spot on the English plane to the World Cup in November

Gareth Southgate’s confession over the weekend that the 24-year-old has “a lot to do” to get his place back came as no surprise to Rashford following personal talks with the England manager last month.

He never expected to be part of the newest squad in the wake of the toughest season of his career and the form of players like Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham and Jarrod Bowen.

Rashford is not denying, according to those close to him. He respected Southgate’s decision and the effort he took to explain it. He also knows what he has to do to play in the World Cup.

After Tuesday’s game against Hungary at Molineux, England have another meeting in September before Southgate designate his team, so there is still a slim chance. Hence Rashford’s determination to get off to a flying start and convince Southgate to reconsider.

A holiday with his fiancée Lucia is combined with gym workouts, beach sprints and strength and conditioning sessions with a personal trainer. The ball work will be stepped up in America, so Rashford is leading the way when he has his first session under the discerning Ten Hag at the end of the month.

The United forward was left out of Gareth Southgate's recent Nations League roster

The United forward was left out of Gareth Southgate’s recent Nations League roster

Rashford knows he paid for the lack of a pre-season last summer after opting to have surgery on a muscle tear in his left shoulder against United’s wishes.

He went without a kick for three months after missing a penalty in England’s final in the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley, before returning to free-fall for a United team. That was also Rashford’s last kick in an England shirt.

The psychological impact of that miss cannot be overstated either. Rashford then stayed in bed for days and saw a sports psychologist for the first time in his career.

Last season, he scored just five goals in 32 appearances for United. Rashford’s versatility worked against him as he was shunted into various positions under caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick, who even played him as a fullback once.

Rashford last played against Chelsea in April before missing the last three games with a bout of bronchitis. It has raised questions about his future at Old Trafford as his £200,000-a-week contract expires next summer, although United have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

Rashford hopes the upcoming United boss can help him turn his fortunes around at Old Trafford

Rashford hopes the upcoming United boss can help him turn his fortunes around at Old Trafford

A number of European clubs are monitoring the situation, but Rashford is determined to stick with his youth club. United also have little desire to lose another academy student after the departure of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

Ten Hag’s work with younger players was one of the reasons for his appointment. United hope the Dutchman will have a restorative effect on Rashford.

Steve McClaren’s return to the club as assistant manager could be a matter of concern in light of his brutal assessment of Rashford’s body language during an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa in January.

“I hate that attitude,” McClaren said. “Rashford has probably always had this problem with questioning his attitude. He doesn’t fight through bad moments. He doesn’t stay in the game.’

McClaren’s view isn’t the only one Rashford needs to change in the coming months. But he knows what to do and the hard work has already begun.

Steve McClaren (left) criticized Rashford's body language during a January game

Steve McClaren (left) criticized Rashford’s body language during a January game



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