He might have overslept last week, but there was no sleeping on Marcus Rashford when he proved to be Manchester United’s saviour again at the weekend.
The 25-year-old was rightfully dropped from the United starting line up for the trip to Wolves after missing a team meeting in the build-up to the match, and he responded in the perfect manner with the only goal of the game in spectacular style.
The South African coach has helped Rashford get back to basics with his approach in front of goal, and he is not the only former striker who has had a massive impact on the forward’s career.
Rashford attended his first live match a year before McCarthy famously scored twice for Porto at Old Trafford to knock United out of the Champions League, one that would shape his own ambitions as a player
On the night United were once again dumped out of Europe, this time by Real Madrid, legendary forward Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and was famously given a standing ovation by the entire stadium.
At full-time, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted ‘you can’t legislate for someone who produces moments like that,’ and despite their own shortcomings, United simply didn’t have anything to match the individual brilliance of the Brazilian.
It was a moment that captured the wild excitement of a five-year-old Rashford, who is now looking to emulate his hero with a similarly carefree approach to his game twenty years later.
“I used to watch a lot of him growing up, all of his games,” Rashford said of his childhood idol. “He was obviously a top player who won a lot of things in his career, so when you know he’s saying good things about you, then it really stands out.
“He always played free. No matter where he was playing, he played free and went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that’s when you play your best football.”
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