Latest on Manchester United News: Marcus Rashford, the 25-year-old forward for England, contemplated leaving Manchester United before the 2022-23 season.
However, he ultimately chose to stay at Old Trafford because he was given the opportunity to play with greater freedom under the team’s new manager, Erik ten Hag.
Rashford’s decision was rewarded as he received United’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year accolades.
This recognition came after an outstanding season in which he scored 30 goals in various competitions, helping the club secure a third-place finish in the Premier League and win the League Cup.
The England national player, who was developed through United’s youth program, recently agreed to a five-year deal with the club.
Asked if he had thought about moving away from United before the previous season, Rashford told British media: “Before the manager came maybe a little bit.”
“But it’s football, it happens. Everything is going to happen for a reason and he came to the club at the right time for me, the timing worked out,” he added, before explaining what had changed under Ten Hag.
“Freedom – we were just a little bit rigid in the past, sometimes you’re not enjoying your football and that was the case with me. I wasn’t enjoying my football as much as I should be, as much as I was used to enjoying it.”
“Because of that it influenced my performance and ultimately that’s how I am as a person; if I’m not happy then it’s difficult for me to play my best football.”
United will begin their Premier League season on August 14th, playing at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers.