Manchester United Football Club unearthed an absolute gem of a footballer just over a year ago, in the form of Marcus Rashford. The young man from Wythenshawe was one of our top performers under Louis van Gaal, but it has been different this season.
With Jose Mourinho in charge, the 19-year-old forward has found his opportunities to start as a striker extremely limited. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming in, I guess that was to be expected.
However, his performances as a whole have certainly been rather inconsistent. Whether that is down to the fact he has been deployed on the left, or down to a lack of match rhythm remains to be seen.
Now Jose Mourinho has come out and claimed he knew that this year was always going to be a struggle for the Manchester United star, due to the ‘second season syndrome’.
“The second season was always going to be a difficult one,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Independent.
“I think the third season is going to be the good one again. The third season is one with more maturity, he can build on his experiences so I am sure the third season will be better than the second. The second season is the difficult one. It’s the pressure, it’s the people that knows him, it’s the expectation.”
Whilst it is concerning that Rashford isn’t having the best of seasons, the confidence from Jose Mourinho in him is obviously there. This is a guy who is a deadly finisher, has blistering pace and just seems to love Manchester United.
We’re lucky to have him on our books. He’s a fighter, and that was evident last night as he overcame an illness to get himself out on the field to play against Chelsea. On the whole, he played a pretty good match all things considered.
He really is a special talent and we’re guilty of forgetting just how young he is. This is a man who could give us ten years of service if all goes well, and he could join a long list of club icons.