Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United academy product, has always been highly-regarded since his debut back in 2016. At 23 years old, we’re seeing the best version of the winger, becoming one of the Red Devils’ finest players right now. Is Marcus Rashford hitting his prime?
When Marcus Rashford scored a late winner a few days ago so that Manchester United could beat Wolverhampton, it wasn’t only a great moment for the Red Devils’ academy product and a great result for them, but also the player’s third late winner in extra time, becoming the club’s first ever footballer to achieve that milestone.
The Manchester United winger reached a whole new level last season, carrying the team for most of the first half of the season until he had a serious back injury. Despite said injury, and thanks to the pause football had because of the lockdown, Marcus Rashford managed to end the 2019/20 season with 22 goals in 44 games, which obviously averages a goal every two games, which was his personal best until that point.
Now in this season, Rashford has 14 goals in 24 games and he looks twice the player, even if his performances are not the best at times, like it happened against Wolves. But his influence on the game and his capacity to score in key moments has increased enourmously, to the point that only Manchester United’s main man, Bruno Fernandes, has more goal contributions than him this season.
While Marcus Rashford had a tremendous explosion in Louis van Gaal’s final season at Old Trafford, he suffered greatly under Jose Mourinho’s tenure, never fully establishing himself in the squad. But it was under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjær that managed to become a key player at Manchester United.
And while his social work has gathered the recognition of the football world, Marcus Rashford’s performances on the pitch also deserve a lot of credit and he is poised to reach greater heights in the coming years if he managers to stay fit.