Marcus Rashford produced a truly spectacular performance during Manchester United’a 4-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old was a constant, effervescent threat moving forward, driving through the middle before expertly teeing up Romelu Lukaku to power home Man United’s first of the day.
But he came into his own in the second half, tearing Pablo Zabaleta apart with a furious cabaret of scintillating bursts down the left hand side.
His stats shed reveal the true nature of what was a dominant performance from the Englishman.
Marcus Rashford's game by numbers vs. West Ham:
83% pass accuracy
1 chance created
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Nobody made more appearances than Rashford last season and, with the added boost of an excellent pre-season, you could see the confidence and familiarity with the big stage oozing out of him.
He didn’t actually make the best start, but that adds to his charm: this is a teenager who, unlike most, doesn’t shirk if things aren’t going to plan. His time under Mourinho has engendered a valuable sense of maturity and roundedness to his game. No panic, to brash decisions, but instead a deep belief in his ability on the ball.
Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic will dominate the headlines, of course, but it was once again the boy from Wythenshawe who led a second half assault that saw United score three goals.