MANCHESTER, England – Gary Neville claims that Marcus Rashford had too much going on off the field and needed to “simplify life”; Rashford opens up on last season’s troubles and rebirth after Man Utd scores 100th goal to defeat West Ham.
After scoring his 100th goal for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford acknowledged that he wasn’t in the correct frame of mind too frequently during the previous season but that he is now much better.
Rashford’s spectacular first-half header against West Ham was the deciding factor in United’s spirited 1 to 0 victory, which allowed them to move up to fifth in the Premier League.
It was Rashford’s eighth goal of the year, two more than he scored in the disappointing 2021/22 season, which raised questions about whether he would still play at Old Trafford.
However, Rashford claims that his difficult moment is now firmly in the past after being just the 22nd player to reach 100 goals for Manchester United.
Rashford told Sky Sports, “There’s a completely different energy around the club and the training ground. That’s the area I was struggling in, and that just puts me in a better frame of mind, and I just feel really motivated now.
“I sometimes had trouble with more mental issues. It wasn’t really my performance, but rather other circumstances off the field. The greatest modification from the previous season is that.
“I recognize that it falls under your purview to comment on events that take place on the field, but for the benefit of the players, we must prepare ourselves mentally for each game.
“I wasn’t in the correct frame of mind for games much too frequently last season. Some of the events that were occurring didn’t surprise me.”
Neville comments on “stark” Rashford’s admission that he had to simplify his life.
Rashford’s admirable work outside of football, in the opinion of former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, began to affect his play on the field, and it was time for a change.
Neville stated, “To hear Rashford say I wasn’t in the right headspace coming into a match is startling. “There’s no denying that he was being overloaded with information off the field. You sometimes need to simplify your life.
“There comes a point where your bread and butter is your football, and I imagine people off the pitch who are close to him are likely just tugging him a little bit away from his core, which is his football. He is doing so much good off the pitch; it’s amazing what he is accomplishing. He is describing his mental space at that point. He has that back for me.”
Neville went on: “I thought that would be a shame and hoped that the time would come back where you’d see him confident again. Some people believed that he’d have to leave Manchester United.
“There have been times when he has run with genuine strength, power, and flow, but last year there were also instances when he would be in that situation and be reluctant, give it back, and choose the simple route.
I feel like he’s now willing to take [responsibility] and then play him in when he needs to. “There were also occasions last year when Ronaldo was available, he’d pass it to him like he was obedient to him.