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As quoted by The Guardian, Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has revealed that his new-found confidence has been key in turning around his form this season.
The 22-year-old endured a difficult start to the current campaign, going on a goal-scoring drought of just one in seven in the Premier League. But following his strike against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw, the England international has been back to his best, for both club and country.
Now, the United academy product has revealed that getting a consistent run of games has been instrumental in seeing him get back to his best.
He said: “It has been a tough period and now I’m getting consistent games and playing week in, week out. As a forward that has huge importance, especially with (getting) chances. If you are not in the team and you’re in and out, you don’t quite have that confidence in front of goal.
“But when you’re having a run in the team it’s important to come up with the goods and once you start doing that it becomes second nature. You take it game by game and keep improving.”
In his difficult period this season, Rashford was struggling just like the entire side. But with him playing up front and being expected to score the goals needed to win games, the scrutiny on the 22-year-old was simply increased ten-fold. The England international thrives on good, quality service, either with balls in behind the opposition defence, or receiving possession out wide before driving in-field.
When the Red Devils were at their worst,the £200k-a-week star looked isolated and completely unable to get into the game. In United’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, the 22-year-old managed just 22 touches in the entire game, and failed to register a single shot on goal. But with Anthony Martial back, the weight on his shoulders has lifted a little, and he now looks back to his confident best.