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Marcus Rashford reveals he ‘struggled mentally’ last season as he fell out of favour at Man United

Marcus Rashford reveals he ‘struggled mentally’ off the pitch last season as he fell out of favour at Man United… but England striker hails ‘different energy’ under Erik ten Hag after he bagged winner against West Ham

  • Marcus Rashford revealed mental struggles as Man United faltered last season
  • The 24-year-old continued his impressive form with a goal against West Ham
  • Rashford has surpassed his goal total for the entirety of the prior campaign
  • The striker hailed the ‘different energy’ around the club under Erik ten Hag 

Marcus Rashford has credited the change in atmosphere around the club at Manchester United in helping him re-find his form in front of goal.

The United youth product netted his 100th goal in all competitions for the club on Sunday as Erik ten Hag’s team extended their Premier League unbeaten streak to five games by defeating West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford. 

Connecting with Christian Eriksen’s cross at the back post, Rashford powered his header past Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabiański to mark his seventh of the season in all competitions.

Marcus Rashford has hailed the ‘different energy’ at Manchester United this season after scoring his 100th goal for the club in the win over West Ham

The England international has already surpassed his goal total for the entirety of last season when United stuttered to a sixth place finish under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.  

Speaking following the game, the 24-year-old explained that he ‘struggled mentally’ as United’s form faltered in the previous campaign but that the atmosphere has changed since the appointment of Ten Hag.

‘I think to be honest it is a complete different energy around the club and training ground. that puts me in a better headspace and I feel really motivated. I struggled mentally and with things off the pitch. That’s the biggest difference.   

The 24-year-old explained that he was often not 'in the right headspace' during United's faltering campaign last season

The 24-year-old explained that he was often not ‘in the right headspace’ during United’s faltering campaign last season

Rashford also heaped praise on the performance of David De Gea in United's 1-0 win

Rashford also heaped praise on the performance of David De Gea in United’s 1-0 win

‘I mean your job (pundits) is to speak about what happens on the pitch, for us we have to get in the right space for every game. Too often last season I wasn’t in the right headspace.’

Speaking on the eve of his 25th birthday, Rashford also hailed the performance of United stalwart David De Gea in securing the three points.

‘David was excellent. Zouma’s header I don’t know how he saved it and then the one from Rice. David is a top keeper who produces top moments like that. There were nervous moments with set pieces but it’s great to come through it.’

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