Are we lastly seeing the true Marcus Rashford once more?
The England striker is flourishing underneath Manchester United caretaker supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and scored the winner as they beat Tottenham 1-0 on Sunday.
It was the 21-year-old’s fourth objective in six video games underneath the Norwegian and was the primary time he has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances.
After being out and in of the staff underneath Jose Mourinho, he has been given a protracted run as a centre-forward by Solskjaer and is holding £75m Romelu Lukaku out of the aspect.
Earlier than Sunday’s win, Solskjaer stated Rashford may change into a “prime, prime striker” within the class of Tottenham’s England captain Harry Kane.
So how does his file stack up in opposition to Kane and different former ‘surprise children’ Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Cristiano Ronaldo?
Higher file than Kane & Ronaldo, behind Owen & Rooney
Rashford burst on the scene as an 18-year-old on 25 February 2016, scoring twice on his senior debut in opposition to Danish aspect FC Midtjylland within the Europa League after being handed a shock begin by Louis van Gaal.
Almost three years later, he scored his 24th Premier League objective and his 40th in all competitions for United in opposition to Spurs.
He’s approach forward of his worldwide captain Kane on the identical age, whose breakthrough season for Spurs was not till 2014-15 when he was 21.
However Kane has flourished since then, profitable the Premier League golden boot twice.
Nonetheless Rashford’s begin to his profession is eclipsed by former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who made his debut for the membership as a 17-year-old and went on to attain 158 objectives in 297 video games for the Reds, profitable the 2001 Ballon D’or and changing into a two-time Premier League golden boot winner.
Former United team-mate Rooney had additionally scored extra objectives on the identical age as Rashford.
England’s file goalscorer memorably notched his first Premier League objective in opposition to Arsenal for Everton simply 5 days earlier than his 17th birthday, on the time making him the youngest goalscorer in Premier League historical past.
Portugal captain Ronaldo, who’s now at Juventus, arrived at United from Sporting Lisbon and bagged his first league objective aged 18 in opposition to Portsmouth in November 2003.
Rashford faces a frightening job to finish up with a trophy haul to match the 33-year-old five-time Ballon D’or winner, however he’s holding tempo with the ex-Actual Madrid ahead in his United profession up to now.
It’s value remembering, although, that Ronaldo arrived at United as a winger and it wasn’t till later in his Previous Trafford profession that he performed as a striker.
What about Lukaku?
Rashford has began all 5 Premier League video games since Solskjaer took over at Previous Trafford, with Lukaku solely making one begin – within the 2-Zero FA Cup win over Studying.
Lukaku has been making extra of an influence off the bench, scoring twice instead within the wins in opposition to Bournemouth and Newcastle.
Regardless of his diminished function, the 25-year-old Belgium ahead continues to be United’s prime scorer on 9 objectives alongside Paul Pogba, and one forward of Rashford.
What are they saying about Rashford?
Premier League file goalscorer Alan Shearer put Rashford’s present type right down to the idea Solskjaer has proven in him.
“Rashford is flying proper now as a result of he has a supervisor with full perception in him for the primary time,” he wrote in the Sun. “He’s the primary man at Manchester United now and has each attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going ahead.”
Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane stated the teenager reminds him of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
He stated: “When Henry got here right here you were not positive if he was a striker, if he may end. He was enjoying on the left and proper wing. He had real tempo like Rashford however now he’s enjoying as a quantity 9.
“Solskjaer has seen in him that he’s a real striker who can rating objectives. To go away Lukaku out, who value £75m, and play a 21-year-old is large. He can obtain a hell of so much, he’s solely going to get higher.”
United team-mate Juan Mata, writing his weekly column, known as him merely “the Marvel Child”.