There is a buzz around the Manchester United training ground, says Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has said there is “buzz and feeling of excitement” around the Manchester United training ground again.

The Red Devils have completed their first week of pre-season under new boss Erik ten Hag following the Dutchman’s arrival from Ajax.

The 52-year-old has been putting his players through their paces during the first week of training as the Reds get ready to depart for Tour 2022 on Friday (8 July).

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Rashford was among the group of players who reported back to Carrington last Monday and the 24-year-old looks to be loving the sessions the club’s new boss has been putting on.

The England international, who once again missed out on Gareth Southgate’s latest squad announcement, has not had a full pre-season since Tour 2019, and United’s number 10 is purring at the prospect of being in top condition ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

But given United’s abysmal season last year and the lack of harmony seemingly radiating throughout the group, Rashford has provided a positive insight into how the players have reacted to Ten Hag’s first week at the helm.

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Speaking in an interview with the club’s website, Rashford said: “We have got that feeling of excitement and that buzz around the training ground again and so it is definitely positive going into pre-season.

“It is just about, one, getting the principles right of how Erik wants us to play and the details, and, two, enjoying it.

“in the first week of training we have done both and everyone is looking forward to going on the tour and putting what we have done in training into the first games.

“It is a fresh start for everyone and for me personally I have had quite a long break, a nice camp before coming back into training, and how we are starting off on the right foot.”

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Rashford was under no illusion that the intense sessions have been “tough” under Ten Hag, but he felt there were “good signs looking forward”.

The forward added: “Don’t get me wrong, it has been tough, but we have all enjoyed the training sessions and we are mixing it up as well.

“We are not just doing all football and all running, we are doing a little bit of both so it’s fun and it’s good signs looking forward. He is very detailed out on the grass and even in the rules of each game.”

Rashford, who hasn’t played for England since missing a penalty in the European Championship final defeat to Italy, will be keen to hit the ground running under Ten Hag and reclaim his spot in Southgate’s Three Lions side ahead of the World Cup.

Rashford scored four Premier League goals last season, all of which came via the bench, and he only managed five goals across all competitions in what was a testing campaign for the forward whose contract expires next season, but the club do have the option of extending his deal by a further year.

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