Ashley Young explains what Marcus Rashford is like in Manchester United training

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While there are plenty of England players withdrawing from the squad ahead of friendlies against Germany and Brazil, there are some that are just desperate to play.

Playing at Wembley against two of the best footballing nations in the world as they try to convince Gareth Southgate they deserve a place in the World Cup squad - it's a fantastic opportunity to impress.

But, disappointingly, some players have decided to withdraw.

One player that certainly won’t be withdrawing is Marcus Rashford.

The 20-year-old looks as though he wants to play every match possible and he attempts to become a star for both club and country.

It’s an attitude that could see him go on to become one of the best players in world football - something he certainly has the potential to achieve.

And teammate Ashley Young has revealed just how dedicated he is to improve. Young, who has also been called-up for England’s friendlies, has explained how Rashford always stays behind at training at Manchester United - so much so that Jose Mourinho has to drag him off!


Rashford in Man Utd training

“I saw him when he was coming up through the ranks at United,” Young said of Rashford.

"He obviously got his debut straight away and kicked on from there.

"I always said all along, for me, he's a special talent. He was always going to go a long way. Even now he's got his feet on the ground and he wants to learn. He just wants to better himself each day.

"I think the manager is having to drag him off the training pitch every day because he is just wanting to better himself. It's refreshing to see a kid like that just wanting to get to the top."


Rashford caught everyone by surprise with his incredible start to his career. A brace on his debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland was followed by two goals against Arsenal in the Premier League just a few days later.

He then scored on his senior debut for England in a friendly against Australia and has established himself as a regular in the Three Lions squad.

Young knew his potential

But Young already knew all about him from an early age and wasn’t particularly surprised by his immediate impact.

"For me, as a senior pro, you got the chance to watch the Under-18s and you could tell he was going to be a big talent," he said.

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg

"Speaking to him even at that young age, he was one of them who just wanted to learn and to be the best.

"I'm delighted for him because he wants to work and learn and he's doing fantastically well."

It’s great to hear that Rashford not only has the talent to go all the way but also the application and desire.

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Jose Mourinho
Ashley Young
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