Marcus Rashford returns to form
“I am looking forward to improving my game under the guidance of the Manchester United squad. I’m not sulking, I’m not unhappy… have I been disappointed by some of my recent performances? Of course I am. I am the biggest critic”. With these words spoken in January 2022, Marcus Rashford confirmed his last season’s concerns, where he was in complete doubt. After a disappointing Euro 2020 final against Italy, he tapped his shoulder and underwent surgery, with the Vitenshov native subsequently losing his starting place at MU. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo did not help him and he was declared close to leaving.
But just one year later, Marcus Rashford has already put that bad patch behind him. “Yes, this scoring form is probably the best for meRashford declared a few days ago ITV Sports. I feel good on the field, I put myself in good positions to score goals. If my teammates continue to create chances, I think I will score again“. After the first part of the season with eight goals and three assists in 19 games, Rashford has already surpassed last season’s sad record (5 goals and 2 assists in 32 games, all competitions combined) and announced the color of the World Cup.
A renaissance in selection for the 2022 World Cup
After missing a penalty in the Euro final, he remained in the last painful episode with the national team, but Marcus Rashford digested during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Having scored in the first game against Iran (6-2), he sent the Three Lions to the 1/8 finals after a double against Wales (3-0). Had he not scored against Senegal (3-0) and France, he had a good performance in just six minutes against the Blues, and his late introduction was also criticized by the English press.
“I went to him in the summer and had a long conversation with himentrusted to the English coach during the World Cup. We have a completely different version of the player we played at the Euros last summer. Great for him and great for us“. Despite a painful elimination against the Blues, Marcus Rashford has returned to United eager to continue his good season. “We were close but it wasn’t enough, I promise I’ll be back”he said the defeat to France (1-2) in the evening.
The disciplinary episode was quickly resolved
Returning to Manchester, Marcus Rashford just scored in all the matches he played. Scorer of three goals in his last three Premier League matches, he was benched for disciplinary reasons by Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag during the trip to Wolverhampton, but the 25-year-old striker came on at half-time before making his bid. Victory of the Red Devils (1:0). After this episode was quickly put to rest, Rashford stood out against Burnley in the League Cup (2-0), before the benchmark match against Everton in the Cup, where he scored and assisted (3-1).
“He has the mentality to be one of the best players in the world, I think he has the potential to be. Rashford is already one of the best, but I think he can take it to another level.”, Diogo Dalot explained about him after the meeting. Comments shared by Lisandro Martinez, who arrived at the club this summer: “He has a great attitude and I think he will be one of the best players in the world.”added to Sky Sports.
Marcus Rashford is unstoppable
And his manager Erik ten Hag helped him a lot in his development, giving him a freer role. The Dutch manager also tried to explain his return to form. “He is! He has the ability, I support him, I motivate him, that’s clear. I think I put him in the right place on the pitch, but to be honest, he can play all over the forward line. We can use him as a tactical weapon and he can score goals from all positions. If he keeps this focus, I am sure he will score more goals.”.
And if you thought it was going to stop there, the Manchester United striker equaled the feat previously achieved by Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney when he scored against Charlton (3-0) in his eighth consecutive home game on Tuesday night. who congratulated him on Twitter. “Class, let’s keep this momentum going”. If Marcus Rashford confirms his better-than-expected form against Manchester City in the derby this Saturday (1.30pm), he will have the opportunity to close in on Rooney and continue at Manchester United.