Player Profiles: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford was born on 31st October 1997 in Wythenshawe, a large housing estate just a stone’s throw from Old Trafford. The boy who used to dream of playing for England’s biggest club has now made the Theatre of Dreams his own, putting on a show whenever he is on the ball.

Old Trafford has become somewhat of a ghost town. Dwindling silences and a build-up of frustration has made one of Europe’s greatest ever stages a library. You may wonder why fans still make the journey down to Stretford after being so used to success over the years, and there is one simple answer: Marcus Rashford.

I think Louis van Gaal should probably take some credit for the boy wonder, giving him his first game time against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League after Frenchman Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up. Marcus was only 18 but didn’t disappoint, scoring two second-half goals to tie up a 5-1 win. The real national recognition began three days later vs Arsenal…

To score in any Premier League game is special for a player, especially a young one, but to do it twice against bitter rivals is another echelon. Two goals and the assist for the other in a 3-2 win certainly stunned Arsenal but also surprised many Stretford End faithful, who had heard little of the lad before the season kicked off.

When one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game has said that Marcus reminds him of himself, you know the hype is real. Ronaldo Nazário had plenty to say about the up and coming English youngster and thinks he can be right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. One of the best compliments he’ll ever receive.

Alex Ferguson was full of praise when talking about Manchester United youth, “Rashford is a sensation, one of the best in years”

With a plethora of quality, both off the ball running in behind and driving at defenses, there is no doubt that Marcus Rashford has the potential to succeed, and with his introduction to the England squad, (scoring an absolute peach against Costa Rica if I may say) he is destined to lead the line with for both club and country for the next ten years, injuries permitting. This World Cup could possibly be too soon for the lad from Wythenshawe, but if Mr. Southgate needs him, a performance is guaranteed.

 

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