Marcus Rashford insists he has had to toughen up since he broke into Manchester United’s first-team.
He quickly burst onto the scene last season under Louis van Gaal and continued his impressive rise under Jose Mourinho.
The Englishman turns 19 at the end of the month and admits he has been forced into dealing with more physical treatment following his involvement in the Premier League.
When asked if he receives more knocks now than playing with the U18s, he answered:
“A little bit, but you don’t go through a game of football without having a knock,” he said.
“I don’t think I have done that for years. It does toughen you up.
“When you get the first knock it kinds of wakes you up, you know they are men and it is not like Under-18s when you can take loads of knocks and know you will be fine, that you won’t feel anything after the game.”
Rashford, who has also established himself as a member of the England set-up, claimed the increased robust treatment from opponents had made him a better player.
“You definitely get harder knocks but it helps. You just get up and get on with the game, and then you can give it to them back.
“It’s important and when you’re young I think you need those types of game.”
It’s all part of the process for Rashford, he’s broken into the team very young and has quickly worked his way up into an attacking role at Old Trafford.
If he’s this good after one year, I can’t wait to see how much he can improve with a few years of guidance under Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.