England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed why he thinks Marcus Rashford has returned to form this season.
Rashford's 2021–2022 season, in which he played 35 games for Manchester United and scored just five goals, was the poorest of his career.
However, the Red Devils' season was marred by gaffes and controversy, with the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the appointment of Ralf Rangnick, and Cristiano Ronaldo's underwhelming comeback all playing a part in them finishing with their lowest-ever Premier League point total.
With Erik ten Hag now in charge, United appear to be on the upswing once more. They recently ended a six-year trophy drought by winning the Carabao Cup.
Under the Dutchman, Rashford has reached new heights, and since the FIFA World Cup of 2022, his form has taken off. For United this season, he has already tallied a career-high 27 goals in 43 games.
Southgate gave an explanation of why he believes Rashford has rediscovered his scoring touch in an interview with the Daily Mail.
"The delight is evident. You can see him moving on to chances now and are anticipating a goal because of his finishing. That wasn't the case for a while. The assurance is evident," Southgate remarked.
"He is gaining from the club's atmosphere. Everything is now calm. With the team, their expectations, and their work with and without the ball, he has a coach who he clearly respects and who now has a distinct personality. The playing approach is obvious. There were a lot of uncomfortable things last year because the management changed midway through the season as well.
"He's in the zone, which is what every athlete and player strives for. You must make an effort to re-enter it after leaving it because you can't stay there indefinitely. But at that precise moment, he must be bursting with confidence.
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