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Marcus Rashford says Manchester United’s players ‘are a lot fitter’ under Erik ten Hag

Marcus Rashford says Manchester United’s players are ‘a lot fitter’ under Erik ten Hag’s coaching as the striker tries to hit the ground running ahead of the new season after scoring just five times last season

  • Manchester United are in Melbourne for the second stop on their pre-season tour
  • Erik ten Hag’s side takes on Melbourne Victory in the MCG on Friday
  • Striker Rashford believes players’ fitness levels are higher under new boss
  • Rashford came in late last season after shoulder surgery
  • England star scored just five times but is determined to improve this time

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United’s players are already a lot fitter under new manager Erik ten Hag as they prepare for the new season.

The Dutchman, who succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s permanent boss, has worked hard for his team during training, both in Manchester and during the club’s pre-season tour, which has now arrived in Melbourne.

And England striker Rashford, who endured a grueling 2021-22 season in which he scored just five goals, says he is already feeling the benefits of the Ten Hag revolution at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United players are fitter under new boss Erik ten Hag

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United players are fitter under new boss Erik ten Hag

The English striker played the first half of United's 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok

The English striker played the first half of United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok

Ahead of United’s friendly against Melbourne Victory on Friday, Rashford said: “It was a little unnatural for me to have such a long summer holiday, just under four weeks, and I would have to take a break physically and mentally. can have.

“It’s huge to have a full preseason. This is my first year with the team from the start and I already feel a lot better.

“For me it’s a fresh start, something I’m looking forward to.

“I think the first two and a half weeks of training have been good, we are a lot fitter than last season and we also make mistakes along the way, so we have a lot of room for improvement. †

Those fitness levels showed when United beat Liverpool 4-0 on Tuesday in their first touring match in Bangkok, with Rashford playing the first half before giving way to Anthony Elanga.

Ten Hag and Rashford addressed the media ahead of Friday's match with Melbourne Victory

Ten Hag and Rashford addressed the media ahead of Friday’s match with Melbourne Victory

Rashford said Ten Hag's intensive training sessions have increased the team's fitness

Rashford said Ten Hag’s intensive training sessions have increased the team’s fitness

Ten Hag then refused to get too carried away and pointed to a number of errors that had to be corrected.

And Rashford added: “I always tell myself that it’s a lot easier to make mistakes in a winning team.

“For example, we won the last game against Liverpool, but we made a lot of mistakes. Individually it is the same.

“When you lose, it’s hard – we’re all athletes and we don’t like to lose. When that happens, you need to refocus and try to win the next game.

“It’s a big club that we play for and we are expected to win and we have to work hard to improve.

“We are doing all this hard work now and trying to win as many games as possible in preparation and then be ready for the start of the season.”

Rashford, 24, endured a disappointing 2021-22 season, scoring just five goals for United

Rashford, 24, endured a disappointing 2021-22 season, scoring just five goals for United

Rashford, 24, missed out on season preparation under Solskjaer 12 months ago after shoulder surgery, a procedure that arose out of the disappointment of missing a penalty in the final of England’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy.

Rashford didn’t play a game for United until October 16 and did not come close to his best form as United lurched from one disaster to the next.

He got off to a flying start in a tournament-free summer by working hard to get in shape during a vacation to California in June.

United got off to an encouraging start to the season preparation against Liverpool and are now in Australia for three games.

Rashford hit the gym on his California vacation while trying to run

Rashford hit the gym on his California vacation while trying to run

They take on A-League side Victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, then play Crystal Palace at the same venue on Tuesday before heading to Perth to face Aston Villa on July 23.

A friendly with Atletico Madrid in Oslo on July 30 and then Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford the following day round out their preseason before the Premier League kicks off at home in Brighton on August 7.



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