Rashford claims Erik ten Hag will quickly change United's identity
Marcus Rashford claims Erik ten Hag will quickly change Manchester United’s identity and the new manager’s changes will be ‘obvious to see’ as the club seeks to bounce back from a dismal season
- Erik ten Hag has a huge job on his hands if he is to succeed at Old Trafford
- The Dutchman will want to implement his style of play on his new squad
- Marcus Rashford has welcomed Ten Hag’s arrival and expects a quick impact
- Rashford will hope to revive his career under Ten Hag after a poor campaign
Marcus Rashford has claimed Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will immediately change the club’s identity and the Dutchman’s imprint on his new side will be ‘obvious’ to see.
Ten Hag is set to embark on a significant rebuild at Old Trafford after United endured a dismal season last term, failing to qualify for the Champions League and ending with their lowest Premier League points tally.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then interim boss Ralf Rangnick, United played without any real discernible style, structure or confidence in a hugely disappointing campaign.
Marcus Rashford believes new United manager Erik ten Hag will have an instant impact
Ten Hag will have a full pre-season to implement his preferred style of play. His first game in charge will be the friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok on July 12.
And Rashford, who is expected to stay at Old Trafford despite his uncertain future at the club, believes fans will be able to spot the changes the Dutchman has made to the team’s system.
‘At the beginning of pre-season, you want to get your fitness levels up,’ he said. ‘[You want to] get back to what it’s like to play in the Premier League.
Ten Hag has a significant job on his hands if he is to turn around United’s fortunes
‘When a team changes its identity and changes the purpose of the football, it’ll be quite obvious to see. I think you’ll be able to see it.’
Ten Hag is facing a gruelling pre-season schedule in his new role as United are scheduled to travel nearly 23,000 miles before the campaign opens on August 6.
Following the match with Liverpool in Thailand, United head to Australia for games against Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, before they play Atletico Madrid in Oslo a day before a home encounter with Rayo Vallecano.
Rashford has begun a 10-day individual pre-season training camp in the United States
The 24-year-old is seeking to revive his United career and get back into the England squad
Clubs jetting off on pre-season tours was commonplace before the pandemic and Rashford is keen to return to normality this summer.
‘We all enjoy getting away and spending that time together,’ he said. ‘Being away from home for so long, it’s [the team is] like your little family.
‘It’s going to be a nice feeling,’ he said. ‘We’ve not been able to travel because of Covid, and it’s something that we’ve missed.
‘It’s always a big part of our pre-season so it’s exciting to be able to go to those places again.’
Rashford this week began a 10-day individual pre-season training camp in the United states.
The 24-year-old is desperate to revive his United career under Ten Hag and the clock is ticking for him to regain his place in the England squad ahead of the World Cup in November.
Last season he scored just five goals in 32 games for United. Rashford’s versatility counted against him as he was shunted around different positions under caretaker boss Rangnick, who even played him at wing-back on one occasion.
Rashford endured a disappointing season under Ralf Rangnick as United struggled
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