Marcus Rashford has long been one of the biggest prospects at Manchester United.
Since breaking into the first team at the start of the 2015-2016 season, the 25-year-old has dominated the left wing for the Red Devils.
Rashford has recently established himself as one of the most important players in Erik ten Hag’s set-up. Even before the arrival of the Dutchman, Rashford was racking up goals and creating havoc for opponents.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the English international not only created opportunities but also took them with both hands. In the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, he scored 22 and 21 goals in all competitions, respectively.
Alongside Anthony Martial, Rashford was one of the foremost attackers for United, helping his childhood club reach second place in the Premier League and finish as runners-up in the Europa League.
However, a nagging shoulder injury meant Rashford missed the first few months of the 2021-22 season. He returned from being sidelined in September but was only a shadow of his former self.
The once flamboyant and charismatic winger did not feel he was up to the task of carrying United’s front line. He played with low confidence and an inability to create and score goals.
After only scoring five goals in the previous season and missing an all-important penalty for England in the 2020 European Championships, Rashford was perhaps at the nadir of his career.
The scenario has changed this season, with Rashford doubling his goals tally from last term and creating one opportunity after another.
But how has Rashford’s resurgence come about? The simple answer to this lies in the word ‘belief
Erik ten Hag’s belief in Marcus Rahsford is paying dividends
During a recent press conference (via manutd.com) ahead of the game against Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag commented on Rashford’s recent run of form.
“I don’t want to pin myself on a number,” said Ten Hag. “But I said from the start, I think he is capable to score 20 goals in the Premier League only, so I am convinced about that.
“He now has four, but he has scored many other goals. He scored three goals at the World Cup, and you also have the potential to score those numbers of goals in the Premier League.”
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