Marcus Rashford says his time working under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United helped him become a better player – and a better person.
The striker continued his development with Mourinho, who spent a turbulent two-and-a-half years as United boss between 2016 and 2018.
It was a spell not without its setbacks for the young Rashford, but he considers it a very important time in his career.
Asked in what ways he thinks he is now a better player, Rashford told Sky Sports: “There are loads of different aspects – but my time under Jose was a massive learning period for me and I feel like I understood football in a different way to what I understood football before that.
“I learned to win in different ways.
“It was a tough time in my career, but they’re the moments that either make you or break you.
“His style of coaching might not have been perfect for me – but it definitely made me improve as a player and as a person as well.
“Coming through the academy, it was always about playing as well as you could play and expressing yourself and go and score as many goals as you can.
“If you can win 6-4, then go out and win 6-4, but under Jose, we learned that 1-0 is the same as 6-4.”
Now under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rashford and United are still looking for the club’s first Premier League title since 2013.
The team are currently second in the table but rivals Manchester City look like they will take some catching at the top following a remarkable winning streak.
But Rashford is not ready to give up on the title race this season just yet.
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Manchester United beat West Ham 1-0 in the FA Cup, thanks to Scott McTominay’s extra-time winner.
United sealed a spot in the cup quarter-finals with victory over David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford, and now they travel to West Brom in the league on Sunday.
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“There’s still a chance, there’s always a chance, but we have to focus on ourselves and focus on taking steps forward as a team because we’re far from the finished article,” he said ahead of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.
“The team that you see this season should hopefully improve by next season and we’re still on the journey of becoming the best team we can be and I believe that if we do become the best team we can be then we definitely have a chance of winning big trophies.”