Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has cited the academy's ethos and coaches for his meteoric rise. The 18-year-old was handed the first team debut by former Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal in February and since then he has never looked back.
An injury to Anthony Martial during the warmup in the Europa League second leg clash against FC Midtjylland has changed the teenager's career. He started in place of the France international and scored a brace. He even scored two goals on his Premier League debut against Arsenal as United sealed a 3-2 win.
Rashford went on to score eight goals in all competitions since making his debut in February. He even made his England debut and was part of the Three Lions squad in the Euro 2016. His rise saw new United manager Jose Mourinho hand him a fresh deal in May. The striker also revealed his family's role in his development as a player.
"The Academy's ethos played a big part in my development - this club want to win at every level and that is what they strive to do. Paul McGuiness and Colin Little have been very influential coaches whilst I have been in the Academy," Rashford told the Premier League's official website.
"Every player develops from the moment they join the Academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice."
"The environment is very important - at Manchester United you are very well looked after both on and off the pitch. From the moment I came here I have felt at home and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice."
"I would say the step up to the first team was the most significant. At the start of the season my aim was to cement a place in the U21s team. So to get the call up to be included in the first team was like a dream come true. To play football in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford is what most young boys dream of doing."
"This is a family club and to have coaches like Nicky Butt preparing you for that step up is invaluable, because they have been there and done exactly the same thing so they know how it feels. My brothers also helped me get where I am now, because they got me into football."