Manchester United fans were once again astounded by Marcus Rashford‘s sensational performance in their side’s 1-0 win over against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 18-year-old was a menacing influence all evening, forcing the issue with his indomitable speed and intelligence on the ball.
United fans were quick to heap praise on the youngster for what was another excellent display.
Rashford tho.. nothing but praise for the lad.. home grown and proper Manc..
— kingcantona7 (@gurmindermann) September 29, 2016
I still keep expecting Marcus Rashford to fade because it's too much of a fairytale. But he's not going to is he. He's genuinely got it all.
— pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) September 29, 2016
At least we got Rashford bang on form 👌
— Rossi (@JabulaniUnited) September 29, 2016
Rashford’s sheer menace on the ball, his constant impact and fearless attitude has made up the headlines surrounding his early career, and such attributes are now well documented.
What isn’t always highlighted, however, is the Englishman’s equilibrium on the ball. To have such composure and positional intelligence at the age of just 18 is nothing short of mind-blowing, and illustrates a level of natural ability that most players – let alone most teenagers – couldn’t possibly match.
His meteoric rise to international recognition last season was, of course, exceptional; but perhaps his endeavours under Jose Mourinho are perhaps even more outstanding. Initially left out of the starting XI, Rashford was suddenly faced with the prospect of sitting behind the likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old clearly didn’t like the sound of that, and in the space of a week – hallmarked by an injury time winner away to Hull City and a hat-trick for the England Under 21s – his place in the starting XI was once again assured.