Player profile: Marcus Rashford's prolific rise at Manchester United
At 22 years, Marcus Rashford has all the attributes to become a successful player at Manchester United. Having already played 201 games for the club, the England international could go on to be amongst the best players United have produced since decades. Rashford's versatility and work makes him a special player. Here we look at Rashford and what he could bring for Man United.
In 2015-16, an injury to Anthony Martial during a warm-up session ahead of the match against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, opened the doors for a teenage Rashford. Former manager Louis van Gaal handed Rashford a start and he repaid back with two goals on debut. He made his Premier League debut three days later and scored another brace in a 3-2 win.
Rashford's raw energy and intelligence made him a focal point under next manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese handed him 53 and 52 appearances in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively. Rashford responded with 11 and 13 goals. In 2018-19, Rashford made 47 appearances and amassed 13 goals. And under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, he had his best moment at United, scoring 19 in 31 games.
What makes Rashford special is his knack of scoring against the big teams. He showed plenty of nerves in the decisive injury-time penalty to seal progression against PSG in the Champions League last season. In the Premier League, he has scored in games against the top six on a regular basis. This is a special moment for a young player.
Rashford isn't a complete striker or a natural number nine. He is generally suited playing on the wings and cutting in to create spaces. His vision for goals makes him a natural goal-scoring threat. He has already been assigned penalty duties. He is brilliant with his free-kicks and boasts of pace on the counter. Rashford is unpredictable. His quick feet and dribbling help him.
Rashford needs to be more tuned to helping his side scoring more goals. With Martial, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James being there, Rashford can form a solid partnership in the attacking department. Bruno Fernandes' presence as the creator will help him. Rashford has 41 Premier League goals and 18 assists in 133 matches. He will need to improve the tally and be more consistent.