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Since breaking through into the first team squad under ill-fated former United boss Louis Van Gaal, it is safe to say that Marcus Rashford has firmly made his mark in the squad to be one of the first players on the team sheet despite only being nineteen years old.
In his debut season, he made 18 appearances for the club scoring 8 goals. A local lad from Wythenshawe, Rashford made his way up through the ranks at Old Trafford which eventually led to his promotion to the first team.
United are renowned for their world-famous academy and giving youth a chance in the first team, and when Jose Mourinho was appointed United manager in 2016, the Portuguese boss recognised the talent he had at his disposal ahead of his first season at the helm, and Rashford continued to feature for the first team on a regular basis throughout the 2016-17 season, albeit making several appearances from the bench.
He established himself from the get-go as he caught the eye of many due to his eye for goal in which he has scored on his debut appearances in more than one competition, which worked largely in his favour in terms of a rise in first team football, as well as earning himself a new improved contract which suggests he is held in high regard at Old Trafford.
His performances earned himself a call up to the England national team in 2016, forming part of the Euro 2016 squad under Roy Hodgson, and to this day he has made a total of eleven appearances including substitutions, and continues to feature under current England boss Gareth Southgate.
Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the youngster has featured in every league game so far, and made an appearance from the bench to score a third goal for the Red Devils as United made a winning return to the Champions League against FC Basel at Old Trafford, with the game finishing with a 3-0 score line.
Since the summer signing of Romelu Lukaku filled the void left by the released Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rashford is typically used on the left wing as opposed to a main striker in the majority of matches, with the former United youth player being used in rotation with Anthony Martial.
Ibrahimovic has since returned, and so this would suggest that Rashford would be utilised mainly as a winger on the left or right, although has shown his versatility in the past to play in a centre-forward position in addition.
Rashford has already showcased his remarkable talent for club and country despite still being a teenager, and is undoubtedly one for the future.
He is an asset for Manchester United, and the Red Devils would be wise to allow him to continue his development with regular first team football.
Should he continue his substantial progress, it would not be surprising to see clubs across Europe linked with his signature in the future, as Rashford’s rise to fame yet to show signs of slowing down.
Written by Cristian Fry
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