The Swede, fresh from his winning goal against Leicester in the Community Shield, made an instant impact on his Premier League debut, thundering home Manchester United’s third against AFC Bournemouth from 25 yards.
Jose Mourinho‘s opening Premier League game as Man United manager ended in a 3-1 win over Eddie Howe’s side.
Speaking after the game, Redknapp insisted Rashford’s bold style will bring the best out of the 34-year-old.
“He did some great things second half. He was floating around at times,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He doesn’t flush this strike and it bobbles into the net. There will plenty of those that go right into the top corner.
“But it will do his confidence so much good.
“They will love him [Ibrahimovic] there. I still think how much better he will be when he gets people running off him like Rashford. He does want to come to the ball a lot. In terms of his debut, he will be well satisfied.”
Ibrahimovic is no one-dimensional poacher, like some might assume. And while Zlatan will happily throw himself into the box, latching onto crosses and rebounds, a large portion of the Swede’s game features dropping deep, creating space for others to run in behind.
Here is where Rashford comes in: with Ibrahimovic’s immense control, skill and strength, he can drop back and lure defenders forward, creating a heap of space for the 18-year-old – alongside the likes of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay – to exploit with reckless abandon.
In the Community Shield, United’s attacking contingent struggled to utilise the Swede in this way. But as the season wears on, there is no doubt that Rashford’s unyielding power and speed will lead to a formidable partnership being built with the 34-year-old.