Manchester United coach Nicky Butt has explained what young players like Marcus Rashford are expected to do after breaking into the first team.
We may see Rashford playing on the pitch and trying to cope with the step up in quality, but Butt believes it is the mental burden that is more challenging.
Butt explained how young players are taught to analyse their own performances, deal with free time and focus on the mental side of their game. It can be daunting.
“If a young boy like Marcus, all of a sudden, jumps onto the scene at 18, he has all these things going on,” Butt told MUTV.
“The analysis work you have got to do, watching videos, you have to do your recovery with the sports science team.
“It’s about how to cope with down time too as there is a lot of travelling and time spent in hotels. It’s about having a coping mechanism.
“It is all new to them and it can be eye-opening. It’s hard enough purely at the first-team football level but they’ve got all this stuff they have got to deal with.
“They must get their mind in gear as well and it’s hard. They need to do little bits along the way so by the time they do get in the first team, it’s all higher up.
“But the more they get into it, the impact and input of different aspects of the club, makes the transition a lot easier.”
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