Premier League clubs in recent times have found it tough to promote youth players to the main team due to the influx of foreigners or the purchases of youth/seasoned players from other academies or clubs. Manchester United, on the other hand, have been very successful in promoting youth players. But one player that has found it tough off late is a certain Marcus Rashford, who announced himself in a very special manner when he made his Premier League debut at Arsenal aged only 18, as he scored a brace and it proved to be quite a remarkable day in the office for Louis Van Gaal.
He only went from strength to strength thereafter as he made his England debut and endeared himself to fans at both club and international level. Rashford became a household name due to his top performances and was endorsed immensely by Jose Mourinho upon the Master Tactician’s arrival at Manchester United.
Rashford in-fact became Mourinho’s go-to- man in games as he had the tenacity and running ability that other wide-forwards didn’t have. He’s quite versatile as he can play on the wings or upfront as well and many back him to rake in the goals as a center-forward due to his physique that allows him to bully opposition defenders in an interesting way which saw him being compared to a raw Cristiano Ronaldo, who was spoken of in the same light when he first arrived.
He was heralded as he became a prominent figure despite the presence of Anthony Martial who was bought for an extravagant sum which made him the most expensive teenager in the world and to keep a player with that price-tag out goes to show that there was something special in Marcus Rashford. Time and again, he performed to his best as he’s helped them win a Europa League and 2 domestic titles.
This season, his goal tally hasn’t been too shabby but he’s been picked to start very rarely, especially after the arrival of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez. It was a big deal for the South American as he switched London for Manchester in order to win silverware. This has proved to be a stumbling block in Rashford’s path to success as it’s not just his inconsistency, but also the manager’s failure to give him the chances required.
In recent times, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez have successfully linked up with Romelu Lukaku, in what’s a very expensive front-line
At 20, he still has the world at his feet, at least from the bench, and will have to prove himself immensely on the training pitch as well as in the games where he’s given a chance to impress as that would also enable him to fixate himself into the “Glory Reigns” on the Red side of Manchester as well as the English National team.
Rashford was such an instant success at his club that the makers of the FIFA video-game series, EA Sports decided to include “The Journey Mode”, which has a character that is very similar to Marcus in the sense that it focuses on a young lad that learns football the hard way and makes it big in the game due to his raw talent.
The player himself found it amusing saying, “I actually can’t believe how accurate it is, watching Alex, it reminds me of my journey.
“It definitely reminds me of my experience, when you see Alex go into the manager’s office you don’t know what he’s going to say or what it’s going to be like, so it brings back memories. There are ups and down for all footballers and that’s shown in Alex’s journey. I just to try to stay level throughout and not get too high when things are going well or too low when things aren’t quite as good.”
This shows that Rashford has quite a mature head on his shoulders and he’s bound to board the flight to Russia despite England’s poor performance at Euro 2016 and as the whole team will be looking to do well in the team, Rashford himself must look to use his extravagant dribbling and scoring prowess in order to have a good second-half of the season at the club in order to take that form into the World Cup.