Manchester United secured a huge 2-1 home win over Brighton this past weekend. This result extended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run at the helm of The Red Devils, and the Norwegian continues to make history while his chances of remaining as the club’s permanent manager past this season keep increasing. We have to remember he’s on an interim role following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
During Saturday’s win, two players stood out for United. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, the two scorers on Saturday’s tilt, impressed with their displays. But this time we will talk about Rashford, a young lad who has experienced a meteoric rise of late. Particularly since Solskjaer’s arrival.
Since Solskjaer took control of the side, his first decision was to make Rashford the club’s starting striker. Part of it was because Romelu Lukaku was absent and Alexis Sanchez was dealing with a hamstring injury. But now it seems unlikely – and even unthinkable – to take Rashford out of the team. Or even moving him into a different position, perhaps a wider role. He is absolutely locked in, and the team is reaping the benefits of his impressive form.
The numbers DO tell the whole story in this case!
The numbers do not lie. Rashford, who’s ONLY 21, has eight goals and six assists in 20 Premier League appearances (15 starts) this term. Those numbers on their own look impressive, but he’s been scorching hot since Mourinho got sacked. During his past seven matches, Rashford has five goals and one assist. Plus, United have won all of those matches and Rashford has come up with clutch goals time and time again.
For instance, he netted the winner against Tottenham at Wembley. He also had key goals against Newcastle and Brighton, two matches that were tighter than expected.
In particular, that goal against the Spurs was a masterpiece and we check it out right here. The England international took advantage of an excellent pass from Pogba and drilled the ball into an impossible angle out of Hugo Lloris’ reach.
We do not know for how long he is going to be this hot. However, we do know one thing. He has been one of the club’s top players this season and has also emerged as one of the deadliest strikers in the league. And United need to keep taking advantage of that form. Even if that means to keep both Lukaku and Alexis on the bench for the foreseeable future.