Manchester United followed up on a huge win against Tottenham in mid-week by claiming the bragging rights with a victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad.
Marcus Rashford was electric in both games netting three times and helping his side bag all six points. The goals took the forward into double figures for the Premier League campaign, equalling his best total of 10, set last season (Squawka).
Since the return of Anthony Martial, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deployed Rashford on the left wing giving him the freedom to drift centrally as he pleases. The role change has worked wonders for the United boss, with Rashford consistently finding the back of the net and contributing to overall play.
The scintillating form of the young Englishman has led to comparisons with a United legend and one of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. Solskjaer was keen to agree with the comments and insisted Rashford just needs to continue doing what he has been in order to score goals (Independent).
”It’s very easy to compare the two of them, yeah.”
”Both with skills, body shape, attitude, attributes – everything. The boy has every chance in the world to become a top, top player. Let’s hope he continues like this.”
”As long as he keeps being positive and direct and thinking about getting in front of the goal and getting chances, he’ll score goals.”
The comparison with Ronaldo is a flattering one. There are obvious similarities in the pace at which he dribbles and the way he strikes the ball. The free-kick against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup was the closest demonstration of this.
Rashford has to keep improving year on year to be considered a world-class player, but he has certainly shown glimpses that he is capable of achieving that status.
Rashford: Big-game player
Solskjaer has been reliant on Rashford this season with the sale of Romelu Lukaku and injury to Martial. However, the youngster has stepped up and is doing everything he can to drag United back up the table and into top-four contention.
He is once again proving he’s a big-game player. This season, he has found the net against Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Man City (Sky Sports). His ability to stand up in the toughest games and spearhead United’s attack is impressive considering he is still only 22 years old.
Fans will be hopeful his form will continue heading into an important period for the Reds. If he can stay fit and keep scoring, United can mount a challenge to return to the top four as well as potentially qualify for the Champions League through the Europa League.
Rashford has had his fair share of critics over the years, with pundits unsure as to whether he is a natural goalscorer.
But the fan-favourite has never been one to shy away from criticism, and United’s most important player is sure to make this season his best yet.