Marcus Rashford says competing for a place against Anthony Martial is “good for us, good for the manager and good for the team”.
The English teenager has bagged five goals and notched three assists in 11 displays this season.
While the Frenchman has scored five goals and produced four assists in just nine appearances, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Despite rarely playing alongside each other this term, the talented pair have been at the heart of Manchester United’s impressive start to the season.
Jose Mourinho has made a point of rotating Rashford and Martial on a game-by-game basis and it seems to be getting the best out of them as they look to nail down the left-wing position.
And Rashford, who has started seven games for United this season, has welcomed the stiff competition Martial has provided.
“Without it, you don’t improve,” he said.
“Young players need that sort of environment around them.
“I think we’re both enjoying our football at the moment, we’re both having our say in the games, and it’s good for us, good for the manager and good for the team.”
Martial was one of United’s star performers in the 4-1 win against CSKA Moscow last week, but not even a goal and two assists could keep him in the side for the clash against Crystal Palace three days later.
Speaking after that win in Russia, stand-in skipper Ashley Young said Mourinho’s rotation policy was getting the best out of the squad.
“It is a team game and a squad game and everybody wants to be playing well and wants to be in the team,” he told reporters when asked about the wingers’ pushing each other post-match.
“Everyone is fighting for places and it is healthy competition. Like I’ve said all along, you have 20-plus players all wanting to get in that starting XI.
“You see the way training is – it’s fast, there’s aggression there, everyone wants to win, everyone’s got a winning mentality, you take that into games and we’ve shown that this season.”
Source: Standard media
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