Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene this season, with displays of speed, agility and composure that have seen him adapt to first team football.
The Youth Development Phase sees players well prepared for progress as their Academy coaches have helped them realise their talent and reach the next phase. Marcus explains why the high standard of coaching is so vital:
“The Academy’s ethos played a big part in my development - this club want to win at every level and that is what they strive to do. Paul McGuiness and Colin Little have been very influential coaches whilst I have been in the Academy.”
“Every player develops from the moment they join the Academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.”
“ The Academy’s ethos played a big part in my development - this club want to win at every level and that is what they strive to do.”Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
“The environment is very important - at Manchester United you are very well looked after both on and off the pitch. From the moment I came here I have felt at home and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.”
“I would say the step up to the first team was the most significant. At the start of the season my aim was to cement a place in the U21s team. So to get the call up to be included in the first team was like a dream come true. To play football in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford is what most young boys dream of doing.”
“This is a family club and to have coaches like Nicky Butt preparing you for that step up is invaluable, because they have been there and done exactly the same thing so they know how it feels. My brothers also helped me get where I am now, because they got me into football.”