Rashford says Solskjaer has brought back Manchester United’s identity

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has said that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought back the club’s identity after blooding a number of younger players during the pre-season campaign. The Red Devils have remained unbeaten in their five friendly games this summer and there have been plenty of positives with several young players getting the chance to impress.

Speaking to MUTV, Rashford said: “The identity is there. It doesn’t leave, you just have to find it within yourself. We have to come together as a team to show people what we’re capable of. This season, especially, I think we have to concentrate on ourselves and play like we’re enjoying our football. We’re in an exciting position. There are a lot of young players and there are a lot of hungry players and I think that’s important. Hopefully we can take this momentum into the season. We have to keep improving.”

During pre-season, Solskjaer has opted to offer opportunities to plenty of young graduates and among those, Mason Greenwood has been the pick of the players. At just 17, the young Englishman has sizzled with his impressive quality and ability to play with both feet, and he could have a meaningful role to play during the forthcoming campaign.

Meanwhile, United have recruited a couple of 21-year-olds in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer and the duo have instantly made their mark with the team. Wan-Bissaka has been a regular presence at right-back, and his strong interception and tacking attributes should enhance his prospects of starting ahead of Ashley Young this term.

On the other hand, James has impressed with his exceptional pace and workrate from the wings but the youngsters needs to improve on the crossing and finishing before he can command a regular starting role with the club. Manchester United have one more friendly against AC Milan before the new season starts with a Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford.