Mourinho was sacked last December following which Ed Woodward decided to bring in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim boss. But the Norwegian manager performed so exceptionally that the club ended up giving him the permanent job before the season came to an end.
And now that Man United are set to welcome Chelsea, Marcus Rashford has talked about the positives going into the Premier League opener for both the clubs.
“It definitely feels different,” he told Sky Sports.
“For starters, physically we’re at a much better position than we were this time last year, going into the season.
“We’re already three or four steps ahead of where we were last season, and now it’s about putting the fundamentals down about how we’re going to play.
“I’d say the intensity change[the major difference], from how we were towards the end of last season, to where we are now.
“It’s so clear to see the difference in terms of intensity, especially without the ball. That’s where we’ve taken a lot of strides forward.
“You learn different things under different managers. The time under (Louis) Van Gaal, it was perfect for me at that time to have a manager like that, he was patient with me and gave me time to learn the game. It wasn’t too much information thrown at me.
“Then under Jose, I feel like we all understood the game a bit better, especially defensively. And now under Ole, we’re trying to combine the two, and at the same time, he knows the club for what the club is so he can spread his own messages too.
“For me, it’s like it’s back to normal, and that is the most important thing. It’s been good. It’s been tough, but as a team, I feel we’ve taken a lot of strides forward, so it’s been worth it.”