Europa League: Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford dismisses burnout fears forward of AC Milan conflict

Europa League: Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford dismisses burnout fears forward of AC Milan conflict

Marcus Rashford has made 46 appearances for his membership and his nation in lower than six months in a condensed soccer season like no different. However he does not thoughts, saying, “It’s the lifetime of a footballer — we will relaxation after we retire.”

Europa League: Manchester United's Marcus Rashford dismisses burnout fears ahead of AC Milan clash

File picture of Marcus Rashford. AP

With 46 appearances for his membership and his nation in lower than six months, Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford is pushing his physique to the restrict in a condensed soccer season like no different.

He’d have it no different method.

“It’s the lifetime of a footballer — we will relaxation after we retire,” Rashford mentioned on Wednesday, a day earlier than look No 47 when United play AC Milan within the highest-profile match within the Europa League’s final 16.

“For now, I’m pleased enjoying as many video games as I can.”

There’s an opportunity, if United goes deep within the Europa League and the FA Cup, of an extra 18 matches for his membership this season. Throw in England’s three World Cup qualifiers this month in addition to the European Championship beginning in June, and no surprise there are fears of burnout in terms of Rashford and United’s different stars like Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire.

Rashford is reportedly delaying surgical procedure on a nagging shoulder harm till after Euro 2020 and mentioned he was pleased to play by means of the ache barrier.

“I simply give attention to the following sport at hand, that’s simply the best way I take care of it,” he mentioned. “What’s wanted after, we’ll take care of after. My important focus is simply being out there for the video games as a lot as I can.

“I do know my physique and I do know what I can do bodily.”

Certainly, his precedence is profitable trophies with United, which hasn’t occurred for practically 4 years now — since capturing the Europa League underneath Jose Mourinho in 2017.

United’s probabilities of silverware this season relaxation on the Europa League — the group is tied 1-1 with Milan heading into the second leg in Italy on Thursday — and the FA Cup, the place Leicester lies in wait within the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Beneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the semi-finals have been the ceiling for United in cup competitions and Rashford mentioned it’s time to place that proper.

“We sadly acquired kicked out of the Champions League and our focus was to win the Europa League,” he mentioned, “and we aren’t going to be pleased with something lower than that.

“That’s the ambiance and tradition at this membership,” he added. “We have to begin doing it now, profitable trophies and taking steps in that course.”

Solskjaer sees being second within the Premier League, 14 factors behind champion-elect Manchester Metropolis, as an indication of progress by United given his group completed in third place final season, 33 factors behind first-place Liverpool. He identified United has 12 extra factors within the league in comparison with this stage final season.

“Typically a trophy can cover the opposite info which can be occurring within the membership,” he mentioned. “It’s within the league you see if you’re progressing, actually. Typically within the cup competitions, you may be fortunate, you may be unfortunate.

“Any cup competitors may give you a trophy, however generally it’s extra of an ego factor for managers and golf equipment.”

Paul Pogba may return for the second leg towards Milan after greater than a month out with a thigh harm.

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