Rashford gets Marines boost

Marcus Rashford should have no problem handling FA Cup final day – after Man Utd drafted in the Royal Marines for help.

Man United: Rashford gets Marines boostMan United: Rashford gets Marines boost

The 18-year-old striker will again be hoping to show his ice-cool head for goal when he steps out at Wembley for the showpiece with Crystal Palace later.

Rashford, who scored his eighth goal in 17 games against Bournemouth on Tuesday, could also be heading to the Euros next month with Roy Hodgson’s squad.

United, however, arranged a visit from the Marines, earlier in the campaign, to talk to the club’s under-21 contingent about handling intense situations.

Under-21 boss Warren Joyce said: “We have different people from different walks of life coming in talking to the young players.

“We have had the Marines in who talk about practising under pressure for emergency events in ambushes and sabotage.

“It is not really any different for our young players, obviously the consequences are massively different, but things like muscle memory and doing something without thinking is all about repetition. Repetition is important. If you are getting as lot of touches then it becomes second nature.”

Joyce added to the Manchester Evening News: “We had a specific plan for Marcus. He has changed from a wide player to a forward.

“Last year there were times when he trained with the Under-21s where it was harder for him and times when he went with the under-18s where it was easier. That has brought him on.

“There is still a lot more to come from Marcus. Physically he is going to be a big lad. You don’t realise how much of a good footballer he is.

“There are a lot of facets to his game. He is not just a goalscorer. We look to develop players who can do the lot and he can.”

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