Marcus Rashford says Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be tough to beat at Man United, Dan James is quickest he’s seen and Harry Maguire brings calm to defence


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Manchester United fans have a lot to look forward to from their new signings, Marcus Rashford believes.

During the transfer window, Harry Maguire was signed for £80million, Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived for £50m and £15m was spent on Daniel James.

In addition, a number of the club’s youngsters have impressed during pre-season.

Marcus Rashford feels Man United got their transfer business spot on, with the signings of James, Maguire and Wan-Bissaka

Rashford is almost certain to start as the main striker against Chelsea now Romelu Lukaku has left and could benefit from Wan-Bissaka and his darting runs down the right.

“Naturally he’s an attacker, and they’re always the hardest to get past because they understand what forwards are thinking,” Rashford told The Times.

“That’s what makes him a top defender. His physical abilities are very good. He’s young and with the attributes he has, you can only see him going up and up, and there’s not a better place for him to develop.”

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James, meanwhile, has impressed the squad and fans with his searing pace since joining from Swansea, while Maguire, the most expensive defender in the world will shore up the back line.

“Over five, ten yards, Daniel James is the quickest I’ve seen. It’s a massive strength. You can put everything in front of him.

“Harry brings calmness. Playing with him for England, you feel assured at the back, and for a team that’s massive.”

Solskjaer’s commitment to youth will see Man United’s younger players included more this season

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Solskjaer’s commitment to youth will see Man United’s younger players included more this season

Rashford is only 21, but has already appeared in World Cup games, as well as Champions League and Europa League matches in addition to being a Premier League regular, so is in a position to offer advice to the academy graduates aiming to cement a place in the first team in the coming years.

After all, he was doing the same when he asked successful academy graduates, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes on how to get ahead.

“A lot of my advice to them is, ‘Just be yourself.’ They’re clever kids, been at Manchester United for a long time, so they are so good at improving, listening and learning.”

The Kids Are Alright

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to give the youngsters games this season

On James Garner: “Jimmy’s a bit quiet, a good lad, plays very mature football, probably how [Michael] Carrick used to play, sit in, make simple passes.”

On Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes: “Both were very sharp in pre-season; those two play so freely, that’s a big trait of a United player.”

On Tahith Chong: “Chongy is quite a mature player. He’s a proper winger; that’s something that can go missing sometimes in the modern day, so to have him at United is a massive strength. He will kick on as well, his mentality is very good.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who previously coached the United reserves, knows many of the younger players well and used his pre-match press conference to explain Greenwood is likely to benefit from Lukaku’s departure.

“I believe Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot and when he is, he’ll score goals,” the manager said.


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