Manchester United’s performance at Old Trafford over the weekend was truly brilliant. Manager Jose Mourinho played a tactical masterclass to help us win all three points, by starting Marcus Rashford up front, allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to rest on the bench.
Within ten minutes of the match, our plan was clear. Our tactic was to press high and win the ball back, then threading passes through into Rashford, allowing him to use his pace to exploit David Luiz’s and Gary Cahill’s weaknesses.
After a very average few months, that game would have felt absolutely brilliant for Rashford and he more than deserves all the credit that is coming his way.
The latest man to weigh in and give praise to Rashford is Jamie Redknapp, who has made a bold statement regarding the future of the young Mancunian, by claiming he can replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Swede leaves the club.
“Marcus Rashford has proved that he is more than capable of filling Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shoes when the Swede calls time at Old Trafford.” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“His electric pace gave Chelsea’s back three all sorts of problems and he capped his display with a fine finish. As he has shown time and again, Rashford is a man for the big occasion. He will have a massive part to play between now and the end of the season.”
Honestly, they are two completely different players who flourish in different scenarios. The dream situation is that we can keep them both and utilise them in differing ways but obviously, Ibrahimovic isn’t getting any younger.
To say Rashford can replace Ibra feels a bit premature for my liking, but I am of the opinion that over time, the 19-year-old forward will be the future of this football club. Rather than putting pressure on him to succeed, let’s just relish watching him play in the here and now.