What a year it has been for Marcus Rashford. Having broken through into the first-team he’s gone on to score a bagful of goals, made his name as one of the Premier League’s most talented youngsters and repeated the feat with England.
Now, he’s put pen to paper on a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at the club until 2020 which is fantastic news for both the fans and Rashford himself. Understandably, Marcus is one happy man right now.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) May 30, 2016
Why wouldn’t Rashford be delighted? After all, he’s currently living out his boyhood dream. Born and bred in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, he’s been part of Man United’s academy set-up since the age of seven and now he’s walking out on the pitch at Old Trafford as an established first-team player. If he wrote a script of how he wanted his debut season to go, lifting the FA Cup at Wembley after bursting onto the scene wouldn’t be far off it.
Now, to top it all off, he’s packing his bags for France and heading to Euro 2016 with England having earned a reputation as one of the best young players who is heading to the tournament – and all around 100 days after he was drafted in at late notice for Anthony Martial against FC Midtjylland. It’s a fairytale script which shows no sign of ending at the moment.
I was sceptical, and still am, about Rashford going to Euro 2016 because of what I’ve seen with other teenagers who break into the England squad very early in their career but you can’t hold the kid back I suppose. He has looked ready for everything which has been thrown at him so far and shows no signs of slowing down, so there’s every chance he’ll excel with England I hope he does.
He’s already gaining a big international reputation and rumours of sponsorship with the likes of Binary Uno and Adidas, he’s already made great strides at a really young age. The world is now his oyster.
Next season is going to be exciting for United fans in every respect and waiting to see Rashford develop into the world class striker he’s shown he can be. It’s certainly going to be a thrilling year under Jose Mourinho and having seen what he did in his first season, I’ve got every confidence Rashford can bag 20 goals next year.