Marcus Rashford has revealed the hurt he is feeling at Manchester United’s current plight, but is confident the club can be successful under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.England international Rashford has pledged his long-term future to United by signing a new contract until 2023 on the back of a season when he reached double figures for Premier League goals for the first time.However, it was an ultimately disappointing campaign for United as, despite experiencing a memorable uplift following Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho as manager in December, the wheels came off in the closing two months of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare United finished sixth in the Premier League to miss out on Champions League qualification and ended the season trophy-less, but Rashford is determined to help the club to get back on track.“It is a huge sense of pride and a huge feeling for me to sign the contract,” Rashford told The Times. “Manchester United are one big family. Some clubs don’t have that — it’s just a football club. That’s why Manchester United are more than a football club to me.“Me being a fan changes the emotional side of it. Say we lose a game, it affects me more than it should because I’m a fan. It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we’ve been in the past. I use that pain as motivation. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.“There’s nothing I want more than to see the club winning the Premier League again, winning the Champions League again. Everybody here deserves much, much more than what we’re giving them right now, not only the fans, the club itself.”They don’t deserve to be where they are now. As players, we’re the ones who have the opportunity to try and forget about the past five, six years and put the club back on track.”Solskjaer was a key figure during the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rashford is convinced a brighter future for United lies in store under the Norwegian.Rashford added: “He just gets it. He understands. He’s been a player here. He knows how we may feel in certain moments because he’s been there himself. The fact that he understands us way more than a normal manager is why he’s fitted in straight away.”On whether the Solskjaer ‘revolution’ will work, the 21-year-old said: “That’s what drives me every day. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be waking up every morning and giving 100 per cent to try and put the club back where they belong.“I believe in the players, the staff and the manager. The players have the faith in the manager now. If we’re going to do it, now’s the time.“We’re looking forward to the new season. One season is not going to change it. It can take two or three seasons but I feel we’re ready to take the first step, and really start showing people that we are Manchester United.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A farmer has told how his cow helped him propose to his now bride-to-be.Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage.But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body.Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us.”Eilidh could see something written on the side but not what it was. Curlytop came up to us and then turned.”By the time Eilidh read it I was down on one knee and proposed.” Mr Gospel said Curlytop would get an invite to the wedding, but was unsure whether it would be accepted.He added: “She’s still not forgiven me for writing on her.”Tell us your proposal storiesDid you or your partner pop the question in an eccentric way? Or do you know someone else who did? We want to hear your most obscure proposal stories. Tell us in the comment section below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.orgTo join the conversation simply log in to your Telegraph account or register for free here. The microbiologist said yes and a picture was posted on social media, with Curlytop’s message in the background.Inspiration for the proposal came from a similar stunt Mr Gospel had seen online. He decided to go ahead with it – despite admitting he was nervous – adding it was “typical” of his sense of humour.The cow is the 30-year-old bride-to-be’s favourite out of the cattle, as she is “affectionate” and viewed as more like a pet. Chris Gospel popped the question to Eilidh FraserCredit:Chris Gospel/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.