Jonny Evans: Pressure is building on Marcus Rashford at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United and current West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans believes that pressure is mounting on Marcus Rashford following another goalless draw at Old Trafford.

The youngster, along with Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, had chances to break the deadlock against West Brom but couldn’t force the issue as Man United succumbed to their eighth draw in 12 games at home.

Rashford, who has made a total of 44 appearances so far this season, hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since late September.

And Evans, speaking after the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, noted that the pressure was starting to build on the teenager.

“Being at United for a long time, you realise every game, teams raise their game (against them at Old Trafford), and there is no doubt in my mind that happens because I have seen it now,” he said. 

“There is a lot of pressure on the lads. It’s obviously the biggest and best stadium and biggest team in the country, so there is an added pressure that goes with that which makes it that much (more) difficult.

“That is all part of it. And I am sure the lads will adjust to that. It is very difficult, especially in the forward positions. United have the money to buy whichever forward they want and they have a good history of centre-forwards over the years, so it’s very difficult with that pressure on [Rashford] to produce.

“But Marcus is a frightening prospect. He is one of those players who I was playing against (on Saturday) and I thought I had to be on the top of my game, and we all did because of the quality he has got.”

When you consider that Rashford, in spite of being a regular presence in the first team this season, has only received eight chances to feature as a No.9 from the start, the idea of sending blame in his direction suddenly feels slightly inopportune.

He has, after all, claimed seven goals this season – more than Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini – and those that spend just a few minutes observing the youngster’s movements on the pitch will tell you that he offers much more than just goals.

His movement, touch, control and overall awareness has improved exponentially this season; couple that with his rip-roaring speed and unceasing energy, alongside the fact that he very much remains in the developmental stage of his career, and you have a truly dangerous prospect on your hands.

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