Garth Crooks: Marcus Rashford tore Crystal Palace defence apart like a great white shark

by Harry Robinson

Garth Crooks has compared the way Marcus Rashford ‘rinsed’ Crystal Palace’s defence in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over the Eagles to a great white shark’s treatment of its prey.

Rashford assisted Juan Mata‘s third-minute opener for Man United, as well as Marouane Fellaini‘s second goal that put the Reds three goals up just after half-time.

The young English forward was chosen by Crooks for the pundit’s BBC Premier League Team of the Week, alongside United teammate Fellaini.

Marcus Rashford absolutely rinsed Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward for United’s first goal,” Crooks wrote.

“[He] then proceeded to terrorise the Eagles for the entire afternoon.

“It was like watching a great white shark tossing its prey about before devouring the poor soul. It took Palace far too long to plug that gap.”

Rashford has torn defence after defence apart this season, just as he did when he first broke through under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

He famously sent Martin Demichelis in every direction to win United the Manchester Derby back in 2016, and is now doing the same for Jose Mourinho’s side, playing on the left-wing.

While his future appears to lie as a striker, where he showed his qualities against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup with two goals, Rashford’s superb footwork, pace and movement makes him a fearsome prospect on the left flank.

Crooks’ description of his performance on Saturday is a good one, there is something inevitable about Rashford’s play. While his moves sometimes fail to come off, most watchers-on recognise that at least once a game, it will work and the consequences will be fatal for the opposition.

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