United’s season continued to spiral into further difficulty over the weekend as the Reds lost out on three points in a 3-1 loss to West Ham.
Despite the loss and the uncertainty that it creates, there were still some positives to take from the game and United’s stand-out player was Marcus Rashford, who scored United’s only goal.
Last season Rashford struggled with a lack of appearances, and many fans had hoped that a summer in Russia would be the perfect way to build the 20-year-olds confidence.
However, despite England’s success in the World Cup, Rashford didn’t quite set the stage alight at the tournament, and since his return to domestic football he seems to have disappeared further into the background at Old Trafford, a shadow of the teenager who burst onto the scene just two years ago.
This season is one in which Rashford must take every opportunity that comes his way and grasp it with both hands.
And that is exactly what the youngster has done.
Although Rashford did not find the back of the net in Russia, he came through for his nation in the UEFA Nations League, scoring England’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Spain. Three days later the Three Lions faced Switzerland in a friendly that ended in a 1-0 victory thanks to another goal from Rashford.
This weekend was no different, as the 20-year-old was used as a substitute as United went into the second-half of the game 2-0 down. It only took Rashford 14-minutes to score for the Reds as he produced an impressive backheel.
When Rashford came onto the pitch United did improve as Jose Mourinho opted for a 4-3-3 formations. It allowed Rashford to cause issues for Arthur Masuaku and the Reds had numerous chances to produce a goal. However, despite United’s efforts the Hammers kept all three points.
Despite his recent lull, Rashford is still an impressive force for United. Just like last weekend, Rashford has the ability to come onto a pitch and make a difference, and when he is in a comfortable role it is normally a matter of time before the youngster comes close to finding the back of the net.
With all the issues surrounding United, Rashford is the perfect combat to the drama. He is the type of player that fans want to see, a young United fan living out his dream scoring goals in the Stretford end – it doesn’t get much better, right?
Rashford gives fans hope, he is a refreshing force on the pitch and is exactly what United need more of in an uncertain trying time.