Manchester United wonder-kid Marcus Rashford has revealed how his game has evolved in a short space of time, in an interview with Inside United, the club’s official magazine. During his time in the youth teams, namely the U16s, Rashford would operate as a no.10 and also out wide as a winger. You can see from watching the 18-year-old that developing through the youth teams in these positions, before emerging as a striker, has helped him. When Rashford is playing you see him drop deep to get the ball, like a no.10 and you also see him drift out wide and take people on. Mourinho has started Rashford both up front and out wide this season against Feyenoord and Watford recently.
It seems that since his first team call-up in that famous Europa League tie, Rashford has developed a real poacher’s instinct. His two goals this term have been close-range efforts. We saw it against Hull when he came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner against Mike Phelan’s side, and also saw it when he produced a predatory strike against Watford on Sunday. He now has 10 goals in 23 appearances for the club. The teenager also scored on his full England debut and scored a hat-trick last month on his first appearance for Gareth Southgate’s U21 side.
His growing reputation as a goalscorer he puts down to coaching sessions with Colin Little, who assisted him with his finishing prowess. When asked if those coaching sessions really helped him, the striker replied;
“Yes, definitely. That kind of changed my mindset towards the game. Usually, I’d like to get the ball to my feet and show people what I could do, but now I know there are other ways to affect a game. It kind of opened my mind to the game.”
Rashford also says he feels the benefits of playing numerous positions;
“I don’t regret playing in that position because it means now I can still play there if I need to – no.10, on both wings and up front as well. It means I have more in my armoury when it comes to the matches. I used to look up to players who would dribble at people, creating chances, scoring too. But the type of the player I want to be now is different to the type of player I wanted to be then.”
Everyone can see the talent this boy has. He seems to be the only United player at the minute who gets what pulling on that famous red jersey actually means, being a born and bred United fan from Wythenshawe. He seems to be the bright spark for United fans at the moment, especially with the current slump they’re in. The plan for Rashford seems to be to keep developing and learning from players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and once he goes, the teenager will take over the reigns as United’s number 9. It sounds like a feasible plan in theory. However, at this moment in time, he is definitely giving Jose Mourinho something to think about in regards to his starting line-ups.