Marcus Rashford has opened up about the pressures of being a Manchester United player, making note of the extreme scrutiny that greets any difficult result under Jose Mourinho.
The youngster burst on to the global scene almost exactly 12 months ago with a superb debut brace against FC Midtjylland and has since cemented himself in the first team at Old Trafford.
He claimed his third trophy in the space of nine months on Sunday, coming on with 13 minutes left as Man United snatched a late 3-2 win over Southampton in the League Cup final.
Speaking in the match-programme ahead of the win over Claude Puel’s side, Rashford shed light on the pressures of life at Old Trafford.
“It’s not been difficult to stay grounded, no,” he said.
“It’s difficult in terms of the pressures when perhaps results haven’t gone our way. But I’m used to that now.
“It’s a massive club and everybody expects massive things. It’s up to me and everybody else to make sure we deliver on it.”
I don’t know about you, but if I had three trophies to my name at the age of 19, remaining grounded would be the hardest thing to do. The mixture of adolescence and worldwide fame, regardless of how it occurs, has hardly ever been much of a winning formula.
And this is why the nature of Rashford’s ascension to stardom continues to bewilder: every step, no matter how big, has been embraced with impressive levels of modesty and control. The 19-year-old can be proud of the fact that his demeanour has hardly changed over the past year, even in the face of sudden worldwide adoration and scrutiny.