Manchester United’s left-wing role has been an interesting one this season. As we all know, there were reports aplenty suggesting that Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in Ivan Perisic to play in that position, but that didn’t happen, and the job was left to both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
It’s fair to say that the gaffer needn’t have worried about strengthening on the left-hand side, because the aforementioned duo have made a wonderful start to proceedings.
When one starts and doesn’t perform, the other seems to come off the bench and make an impact with a goal. Now, Rashford has been speaking to the media about battling with Martial for the starting job, and what he says makes a lot of sense.
“It’s difficult when you’re in and out of the team, but we have to find the positives out of it and I think we have both done that.” Marcus Rashford is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“I think the competition is always positive competition because we’re improving each other every day when we’re in training and in the games, we’re pushing each other more and more.”
“It’s a bit of a headache for the manager but it is a good headache to have.”
Of course, being on and off the bench is tough because it’s hard finding your match rhythm, but the competition can only be a good thing for all involved. The pair will be pushing each other to that next level because they’ll both want to beat the other out of the starting line-up – and it’s great to see how hard the pair are working.
Personally, I’d love to see them both start in a front four along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku. The pace, power, creativity and proficiency in that team would be absolutely frightening for opposing defences. Hopefully, Mourinho will experiment with that team soon, because it’s a truly mouthwatering prospect.