In what has been a dull season for Manchester United overall, watching the exciting growth of Marcus Rashford has been a shining light for fans.
When Anthony Martial went off injured in the warm-up before FC Midtjylland, fans’ heads went into their hands but that dismay quickly changed to delight after watching Rashford make his debut.
It was a sight to behold. Some youngsters are overawed by such an occasion but Rashford looked more like a veteran than a teenager playing at Old Trafford for the first time. A wonderful brace against the European minnows was quickly followed by another double but this time against title chasing Arsenal and his stock flew through the roof. Another gem had been unearthed, born and bred in Manchester. Since then, Rashford’s enjoyed a wonderful debut season and reinvigorated Man United’s attack alongside Anthony Martial.
Rashford’s been rewarded with some recognition from Roy Hodgson’s preliminary England squad for Euro 2016 and while there is some debate among fans as to whether he should be in the final squad, his focus will now be on Sunday’s FA Cup final. Here’s a gallery of pictures of him in training ahead of the showpiece game at Wembley:
So far Rashford has delivered in high pressure situations – for example Manchester City away and West Ham away in the FA Cup – and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t do the same again at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Certain youngsters just look ready for the limelight and Rashford is one of those.
Ask United fans around the world what is more exciting to see – watching a big money world class signing smashing it in a United shirt or an academy product blossoming on the big stage – and I’ll be surprised if many say there’s a more satisfying feeling than a youngster taking the bull by its proverbial horns.
Rashford and Martial have both brought some ebb and flow back to United’s attack this season and they know we’ll all be looking towards them to provide the spark on Saturday as well. If their recent exploits are anything to go by, there’s no reason to suggest they won’t do it again at Wembley.