With Manchester United heading back to work this week, after a summer break, the news of another signing was being played out from Carrington. Daniel James, Arron Wan Bassaka, new in through the door, were soon to be followed by the ink drying on a shiny new contract for Marcus Rashford.
The young Mancunian puts pen to paper on a deal which keeps him at the club for the next few years, with an option to extend. Depending on which media outlet you prefer, Rashford’s wages can be anything between £200k and £300k per week, a princely sum, you might add. With wages and transfer fees rocketing into the stratosphere, it’s easy to see why it has cost the club so much to tie him down.
Rashford burst on to the scene during the 2015/16 season. An Injury to Anthony Martial during the warm up of a Europa League tie at home to Midtyjlland, enabled the young star to gain a starting berth. Keen followers of United’s youth sections will declare that Rashford was a player waiting to be given the chance. Myself, this was my first viewing of what would soon be known as an exceptional talent.
With frightening pace and a work rate to die for, Rashford would soon write a name for himself among the stars of Old Trafford. A brace on his debut, followed by a brace on his Premier League debut against Arsenal, would see the youngster keep his place in and around the starting eleven for the remainder of the season. Important goals followed as well as an England call up.
With Marcus now about to begin his fourth season as a first teamer, at the age of 21, is already considered to be one of the establishment. Some fans began to turn on him towards the end of the season, many seen as frustration towards the youngster for hot and cold performances. An injury in the 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool was the end of Rashford as we never really saw his best after that. Hopefully with a summer of little football, he can come back flying and help remind people that he is an exceptional talent and still the future of this club.
Here are my top 3 Marcus Rashford moments so far:
That Night in Paris
To stand up in injury time and want to take the penalty which could either send your team through or send them home of a knock out cup competition takes unbelievable mental strength. That is exactly what Rashford did. United, on the brink of elimination from the Champions League last 16 away to PSG, were awarded a dubious penalty by the VAR system. Marcus stood tall and slotted cooly past a despairing Buffon, to send United through.
As mentioned earlier, Rashford was given the nod in a game in which United were trailing the first leg to Midtyjlland 0-1. A Rashford brace ensured that the Red Devil’s would go through with an astounding 5-1 aggregate win. To score on your debut must be amazing. To score two in front of the Stretford end on your debut must be a whole different level.
That Goal in the Derby
Marcus Rashford was scoring at will in his debut season. A trip away to neighbours City held no fear for the lad from Manchester. Picking the ball up from Mata, Rashford knocked it effortlessly through the legs of City defender, Demichelis and despatched it low past the then England keeper, Joe Hart. A pretty decent way to introduce yourself to the world and United fans at the Etihad.
Marcus Rashford will go on to become a United great, that is for sure. I for one am looking forward to a few more years of him terrorising defences.
Ole’s at the wheel.