Is Manchester United’s New Found Boy Wonder The Next Wayne Rooney Or Federico Macheda?

Just a month ago no one knew who Marcus Rashford was. But, at this very moment, the fans have a chant for his name. The 18-year-old would thank Anthony Martial’s injury due to which he was given the chance of playing in the first team. The young lad made no mistake that night and put his mark on the game against Midtjylland and scored a brace in his very first appearance for the club. After that sensational performance in Europe, Van Gaal gave Rashford another opportunity to shine. But it was bit of a gamble for the side as they were facing their arch-rivals Arsenal. Still, van Gaal made his mind and named Rashford in the squad. So obviously, all eyes were on the young lad and the crowd wanted to see his performance against the big guns of England.

Marcus Rashford is the name, who was rejected by Manchester City for being too small was leading the attacks for the club. With no hesitations, he made a refreshing start to the game and lived upto the expectations of the fans by scoring 2 goals in his very first match of the premier league and that too against Arsenal. What an achievement that was.

As he scored the first goal against the Gunners, he marked his name as the third Manchester United teenager to score in the premier league. Before him, Remember the match against Aston Villa where Federico Macheda was introduced and he scored the winner for his side? Well, he was the second teenager on the same list and, the current Arsenal Striker Danny Welbeck was the first.

Just after his second goal in the game,  he became the Third Man United player to score a brace on a Premier League debut. Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the first man to set the record and James Wilson followed his steps later on. He also became the 4th youngest player in Premier League to score a brace on his debut. And as the match ended, it was Marcus Rashford’s name which was being chanted.

His scoring form didn’t end that day. In the Manchester Derby, he was named in the team sheet as the only striker supported by Mata and Martial on the wings. That was a huge day for the kid. He had no doubts that day and not very surprisingly, he scored the goal for the Reds which won the game and the teenager scored on his Derby debut as well.

A brace on his Europe’s debut, a brace on his Premier League debut and a goal on his derby debut. In Ferguson’s terms- “Football, bloody Hell”.

Rashford started his career out wide, I do think his future lies as a centre-forward as well. As the side’s captain Wayne Rooney just arrived from his injury, this young boy is still playing almost every game for the side. In just 6 appearances, he has scored 4 goals and has 88% shooting accuracy.

Keeping all these things aside, Is this young teenager a new Wayne Rooney or Federico Macheda? Both the players had the different fortune at the club as one scored a hattrick on his champions league debut and became the captain and one who scored the winner at Old Trafford on his debut became a loanee at Nottingham Forest from fellow Football League Championship club Cardiff City.

Well, it is up to the manager that who he will opt to play when the whole squad gets fit. What I personally feel is that I would love to see Rashford and Martial Playing up front as the center forwards and as they have pace and the talent to battle in the league and can form a brilliant partnership with Rooney to support them from the no 10 position.

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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