Last season Marcus Rashford fully announced himself to the footballing world, making 32 Premier League appearances. While his talent even then was undeniable, this term he is quickly nudging his way into the world-class conversation.
Hyping young English prospects before their time has not been a recipe for success in the past, but in Rashford there looks a player of genuine quality who can be a key part of the successes of both his club and country over the next ten years and beyond.
The 20-year-old is now a key figure in Jose Mourinho’s side, with the Portuguese having played the youngster in every game in all competitions this term, whether that be springing him from the bench or as part of the starting XI.
This level of confidence has been justified too with the attacker already surpassing the number of goals he was involved in last season in half the number of games this term.
16 – Marcus Rashford has had a hand in 16 goals in 27 games in all competitions for @ManUtd this season (9 goals, 7 assists); one more than he did in 53 games last term (11 goals, 4 assists). Rising. pic.twitter.com/nDkh40tuAX
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017
The entire United team has risen to a new level this season but it’s clear Rashford is an essential part of why United are still in with a distant chance of usurping Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League table and have advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League, having topped their group by three points.