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Rashford reveals the secret behind his post-World Cup Man Utd form

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has praised his ‘extraordinary’ teammates at Old Trafford for fuelling his superb individual form after the World Cup break.

The 25-year-old enjoyed his best-ever goalscoring campaign at United, netting 30 times in 56 games across all competitions to win the Carabao Cup trophy and secure a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Amid a good season throughout, Rashford was incredible after returning from World Cup duties with England. For long periods he was the most clinical player in Europe after Qatar, enjoying a run of 16 goals in 17 appearances.

“I just tried to keep working hard,” Rashford said on his post-World Cup form. “I’ve been working hard from the beginning of the season. We didn’t start the season very well, but as the team improved, I improved and that’s credit to my teammates because as a forward the only thing you can do is make runs.

“It’s up to your teammates to be able to find the passes and make your runs count. I have some fantastic teammates that have some extraordinary capabilities and it’s a big thanks to them.”

The Red Devils progressed into the latter stages of every competition – as well as Carabao and FA Cup finals, they made it to the last eight of the UEFA Europa League – and it saw them have one of their most congested schedules.

Rashford played 56 matches for his club plus another five at the Qatar World Cup, but a slow end to the campaign suggested he was far from fully fit.

A call-up for England for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia could take Rashford to 63 games for the campaign, and the player has criticised what he believes to be a dangerously packed schedule.

Asked whether he believes the schedule is too busy, he said: “To be honest I think that’s evident. It’s mad that at club level, we’re playing against teams that play one game a week and we’re playing three games a week from November up until we got knocked out of the Europa League. It’s difficult but at the same time, we’re used to doing it. But I don’t think it’s right.

“In the earlier stages of my career I just couldn’t make sense of it. I know some managers have spoken about it, but if one team is playing 60 games in a year and another 38 there needs to be some time for the team that’s playing 20 extra games to recover and prepare properly for the games.”

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