For a young man Marcus Rashford has played an awful lot of football. Given the number of games he’s featured in over the last four seasons you could easily forget that he’s only 21, so he still has a long way to go before we can say he’s the finished article, yet despite this some fans want to write him off. After the Arsenal game the other day he received a huge amount of criticism on Twitter for an ineffective performance, although none of the people calling him Rashfraud acknowledged the fact that going into the match he was a doubt due to the hip injury that kept him out of the squad for the Rochdale game just five days earlier. Hip injuries don’t clear up overnight (ask Roy Keane), so there is a very good chance that he played through the pain because the squad is thin and Martial is out injured.
When Rashford first burst onto the big stage with two goals on his debut against Midtjylland, quickly followed by two more and an assist against Arsenal in his second game, he was the darling of the Old Trafford faithful. So what has changed since then? Has his form dipped so badly that he no longer deserves a place in the starting eleven?
Let’s see what the stats say.