There was a sense of deja vu at Old Trafford as yet another Marcus Rashford goal helped decide a match in Manchester United’s favour.
It was another forgettable outing for the Red Devils in front of their home fans as they sweated over a relatively straightforward encounter with bottom-placed Aston Villa. They were made to huff and puff and in the end it was only teenage forward Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike that gave them a 1-0 victory.
Rashford has been drawing praise since his remarkable Europa League debut, and the latest to join his burgeoning list of admirers is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spaniard spoke out about his English teammate recently, labelling the teenager’s rise as ‘unbelievable’.
“It’s unbelievable, no?” said De Gea, according to the Daily Mail. “This player is really young and he’s scored many goals.
“Hopefully, for many years, he’ll be in this club and can make history for the club as well. He’s a shy guy, he is a really good lad and a good team-mate. He’s a really good guy.”
Old Trafford’s homegrown hitman
The 18-year-old youth team regular made waves after he struck twice for Manchester United in their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland. His reputation made a giant leap forward soon after, as he netted yet another brace — this time against arch rivals Arsenal in a crucial Premier League match.
In a season that has been largely disappointing for the Red Devils, Rashford has been the sole bright spot on several occasions. The teenager has a knack for scoring goals in big matches — his winner against Manchester City being yet another example.
Rashford’s latest goal against Aston Villa takes his tally to seven goals in 12 games for Manchester United and he has stepped up to the plate at a time when the club has struggled with misfiring senior strikers and injury issues.