Well, this boy is special. Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene in February last year, and it didn’t take him long to cement his place in the starting line-up on a regular basis under Louis van Gaal. This season has seen the 18-year-old drop to the bench under Jose Mourinho, but his head certainly hasn’t dropped.
If you needed further proof that Manchester United have a real star on their hands in Marcus Rashford, the forward from Wythenshawe scored a superb hat-trick on his England U21 debut.
With the derby rapidly approaching, we’ve decided to analyse exactly why Marcus Rashford has to start in that game.
Blistering pace on the counter
Jose Mourinho’s attacking foursome all usually have deadly amounts of pace, and this is something that Rashford has in abundance. Pep Guardiola’s City side base themselves on keeping the ball for large periods of the game, and when their play breaks down, we’ll be looking to get out and counter attack them quickly.
Goals in these types of games usually come at a premium, and you suspect there won’t be many again in the first meeting of the season between red and blue. There won’t be many clear-cut chances for either side, and when they come our way, we need to ensure that we take every single one. Rashford is a wonderful finisher when given an opportunity, and with him in the side, we’d certainly be in a much better place.
Wayne Rooney’s poor form
Although Rooney has done a massive amount for this club, it’s time he is dropped for a while. His form at the moment is nothing short of atrocious, and Rashford could easily slot into the starting line-up in his absence. I just cannot see how Jose Mourinho sticks with our club captain over the 18-year-old forward at the moment – and I’d be baffled if Rashford doesn’t start this weekend.