10. Marcus Rashford – Season Review

Comparing Marcus Rashford's Man Utd stats under Mourinho and Solskjaer -  Planet Football
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Key Stats

Name: Marcus Rashford
Date of Birth (Age): Oct 31st, 1997 (22)
Signed: 1st January 2016
Appearances: 228
Appearances this season: 44
Goals: 22
Assists: 12
Goal Contributions Per 90: 0.86
Contract Till: 30th June 2023


Analysis

On the back of a poor 2018/19 season, Manchester United did little to improve the attacking options with most of the war-chest being spent on strengthening the defence. On the contrary, we sold Romelu Lukaku and loaned out and later sold Alexis Sanchez. With the loss of two attackers and the addition of only Dan James put considerable pressure on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Martial’s injury earlier on in the season and a brief goal drought meant the entire task of carrying Manchester United’s attack fell on Rashford’s young shoulders of just 21. In that time, he scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists which is a huge improvement over his 13 goals and 9 assists last season. Some of the goals he scored were against top opponents like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Leicester City and Liverpool. To relieve him off of his duties, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Odion Ighalo to play the easier games and give Rashford a much-needed rest.

Unfortunately, his season wasn’t always a bed of roses because of a back injury that marred the second half of the season and if it weren’t for the lockdown, we would have missed it completely. Post-lockdown, Rashford had some trouble hitting the ground running and Martial stepped in to continue the unbeaten streak that took us to third place. The news came out that Rashford forced himself to play through injury during our Europa League campaign.

Overall – 8/10

Ambitions For Next Season:

Marcus Rashford must continue his goal-scoring form onto next season and hopefully go for the golden boot. Manchester United have to sign another forward to make sure that Martial, Rashford and Greenwood don’t burn themselves out. Ighalo’s loan deal will end midway through the season and we’ll be back to square one. Before he starts next season, Rashford needs to rest properly and not play any games until and unless he’s completely fit and the back injury is gone for good. If not, his injury will get aggravated and cause another lengthy spell on the sidelines. It is surprising that the physio team did not notice that the injury was continually causing him problems. But as it stands, a fully fit Rashford walks into our team and is one of our best players.

Author: TUD Author