Marcus Rashford has no doubt the increased level of physicality he has experienced since breaking into the Manchester United first team has helped his development by making him “toughen up”.
The 18-year-old England forward made his senior debut for United in February and has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for them so far.
Asked if he now receives more kicks, Rashford said in an interview in the November edition of Inside United magazine: “A little bit but you don’t go through a game of football without having a knock. I don’t think I have done that for years!
“It does toughen you up.
“When you get the first knock it kind 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.
“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 is important and when you are young I think you need those types of game.”