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Rashford says ´fresh start´ has ´done me wonders´ after winning Premier League award

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 30 Sep 2022

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Marcus Rashford described his delight at working under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United after being named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September.

Forward Rashford scored two goals and assisted two more in United’s two league matches this month.

Both games – at Leicester City and at home to leaders Arsenal – ended in victory to extend United’s winning run to four in the top flight.

In an interview with MUTV after earning the award for the second time in his career (also January 2019), Rashford deflected praise as he suggested “everyone’s chipped in” to aid United’s revival.

He also described his “favourite moment” of the month as his assist for Antony against Arsenal, ahead of either of his own two goals that day.

“Antony scoring his first goal on his debut – I think that’s a massive moment,” Rashford said. “It gives us strength and courage.”

And the England international, who was missing from Gareth Southgate’s latest squad following injury, believes United as a team are moving “in the right direction” following Ten Hag’s appointment as manager at the start of the season.

“It’s a fresh start and something to work towards,” Rashford added. “For me, it’s done me wonders.

“I’m very happy that he’s here, and I’m just happy that his desire is to improve everyone and improve the team.

“It’s an exciting feeling to be working towards a big end goal. Hopefully we can keep taking steps in the right direction, keep picking up points and keep progressing in tournaments.”

A truncated schedule saw United score only four times in September, but Rashford had a hand in each of them and is now looking to perform on a more consistent basis.

“For me, as an individual, it’s just about doing that as often as I can, trying to help the team with goals and assists and just my all-round play,” he said.

Rashford has three goals and two assists for the season, having only contributed four goals and two assists in the Premier League in the whole of the previous campaign.

The 24-year-old has never previously tallied as many as five goal contributions through his first six appearances of a league season.

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