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