Manchester United Football Club unearthed an absolute gem of a player around twelve months ago, when Louis van Gaal gave a debut to the then little-known Marcus Rashford. Ever since that day, the supremely talented striker has been a mainstay in match day squads.
Now nineteen, it’s fair to say that the man from Wythenshawe has had a mixed campaign. He’s played his fair share of minutes, but most of which have been out on the left-hand side rather than the main striker.
Obviously, his game seems more natural when he plays up front as he has that positional knowledge and those striker instincts. The 19-year-old has been speaking to the media about exactly how his game has changed, whilst giving a subtle hint to Jose that he sees himself as an out-and-out striker in the long-term.
“My overall game [has changed],” Rashford told BBC Radio 5 live, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“I’ve been playing in wider positions and now me knowing what the forwards wants helps me, and also helps me know that the winger wants when I get in the middle.
“The modern-day forward and attacker is not just a No.9 or No.10 or just a winger.
“It is someone who can interchange between the positions if they are needed to.
“I think I’m a No.9 but if I have to move to other positions for certain games it is what you have to do and it is part of your attributes.”
For right now, I think Rashford just has to be content at playing. Due to injuries and suspensions, he got quite a few starts under his belt just before the international break and that would have been good for him.
As his career progresses, I believe we’ll see a steady increase in minutes for the young man as Jose looks to nurture his insane talents. It’s also great to see him getting international recognition, as over the current break from domestic football, Rashford has bagged himself another couple of England caps.