2020/21 season for Marcus Rashford ended not so good with heartbreaking penalty shootout defeats for both club and country.
Manchester United fell short in their spot-kicks across Villarreal in the Europa League final before England also stumbled against Italy in their Euro 2020 showpiece.
Rashford had been blatantly short of full match fitness for both matches, while his effort in the European Championships final cannoned back off the post.
For the first time in his career, the striker has been afforded a period to rest and recuperate having undergone surgery on a shoulder injury and given his body time to heal.
The England international will return to club football for the first time this weekend as part of United’s first-team squad ahead of a crucial run of games, starting with a tricky trip to Leicester City.
Rashford will have to play his way back into a side that has no shortage of attacking talent; superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the club this summer while United also secured their long-term target, Jadon Sancho.
That means that competition for attacking places if fiercer than ever with Edinson Cavani also returning to fitness, Mason Greenwood in inspired form and Anthony Martial netting against Everton.
Rashford is a supremely talented striker and despite his rest period, he has been working overtime in recent months to return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in his optimum physical condition.