Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has admitted training is ‘tough but fun’ under Ralf Rangnick so far.
The German was hired as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim replacement earlier this month. With two wins from two, he’s helped steady the ship amid a turbulent campaign.
Manchester United fans expected big things from their team this season, especially after the summer signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet the Red Devils have endured a tough campaign, toiling under Solskjaer prior to his departure.
Now, it’s another new era at Old Trafford with Rangnick given the keys to the club until the end of the campaign.
It’s been a positive start to his time at the helm, with United beating Crystal Palace and Norwich so far.
And Rashford, speaking to Sky Sports, has now opened up on the way the German has tweaked training – labelling it ‘tough but fun’.
“He’s done a good job because prior to coming in I think he spent a lot of time analysing the team, analysing individuals, he knows what our strengths are,” Rashford said.
“He’s got us going.
“I think what was clear we were conceding too many goals and that’s always the starting point.
“He got his a lot more together, we’ve obviously been working on pressing and we’ll still improve on that but the main thing is doing everything as a team, whether it’s attacking or defending.
“Do it together and I know the last couple of games we’ve conceded a lot less chances and kept some clean sheets.”
On training specifically, he added: “It’s tough but it’s fun.
“It involves a lot of small sided games where the intensity is obviously high.
“It’s good. It’s what it takes to win big games and even in the Norwich game we didn’t get it right in the first half but in the second half we showed even if we’re not playing at our best that system can work and can be effective.”
Rashford also opened up on his own form, having struggled for consistency since returning from injury in October.
The 24-year-old has notched just once in his last 10 outings across all competitions.
But Rashford feels more is to come and thinks that, in getting more game time, he’ll soon be back to his best.
“Getting 90 minutes is key,” he said. “And that was my first 90 minutes against Norwich since I think May or something like that.
“I know how I am as a player and need to know I can do 90 minutes at a high intensity.
“From there I can then go on to do better things. Now I’ve done that, I’m looking forward to the next run of games.
“I feel sharper in training, still feeling strong.”
Meanwhile, former United star Paul Parker has taken aim at Rashford by saying he must choose whether to be a footballer or a politician.
Parker said: “If you’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo at your club, I think you’re going to need him on the pitch, to get the press off your back and maybe the fans. But you need someone to play with, maybe more intelligent.
“So I look at a [Edinson] Cavani or a Mason Greenwood to play with Ronaldo, rather than a Marcus Rashford who’s way off track.
“He should be sitting down somewhere and asking what does he want to be; a footballer or a politician? And then go from there, and he grabs hold of it and becomes what he’s supposed to be.
“I don’t think it’s anything to do with fitness. Footballers are definitely fit, they train every day, they’re stretching, they’re agile.
“Everything about them is fine. I just think it’s about what’s in your head now.
“Does he want to play for the biggest club in the world regularly, or does he want to watch them?
“At the moment he’s playing like someone who’s trying his best to watch them play but he keeps on getting picked and, after a while, a few players are going to get a little bit annoyed, that he’s not playing well, not earning the right to play, but still playing.”