Marcus Rashford is inching closer to a return after continuing recovery from shoulder surgery, claiming he has been feeling better in recent days.

Manchester United have a plethora of attacking talents at the club, and the addition of players through the transfer window has offset the absence of star man Marcus Rashford. The forward has been missing all the action after undergoing surgery on a persistent shoulder problem after the Euros.

After a turbulent summer, he was the subject of online abuse following England’s defeat in the Euro final. Rashford has been busy tackling the issue of racist messages he and his fellow teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka received while recovering from the surgery,

The Italy game was effectively his last piece of action before going under the knife, and now he looks ready for a return. Rashford resumed full training earlier this month and is expected to feature some time in the next weeks, although probably not at this weekend.

However, the forward has revealed he is feeling much better through his recovery process and believes he is much better physically and mentally at this point. Rashford spoke to the BBC after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work to tackle child poverty.

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Rashford said, “My recovery is – I wouldn’t say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I’m in a much better place physically and mentally.”

“Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September, and gradually it got that little bit worse, but now I’m fully free of that; I feel much better physically and mentally.”

Rashford’s presence is missed somewhat in this Manchester United setup. The attacking stars at the club are yet to hit top gear as some of the recent results amplified. New arrival Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of their best performers, while Sacho is yet to provide anything worth noting since arriving.

Roy Keane recently pleaded for patience with Sancho as the former Borussia Dortmund star is still getting to grips in a new league. Rashford’s return could give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a different dimension in attack and could probably ease the burden on the new arrivals and youngster Mason Greenwood, who has been bright so far.

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