Marcus Rashford was pictured encouraging struggling defender Victor Lindelof in Manchester United’s 2–0 victory against Swansea City.
Despite being just 19, Rashford appeared to show great leadership as he had a quiet word with Lindelof amid the celebrations for United’s first goal.
Rashford produced a wonderful deft flick to assist Jesse Lingard as his England teammate ran through on goal to finish past Kristoffer Nordfeldt. After celebrating with Lingard, Rashford had a few words as he and Lindelof walked back to United’s half.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) 24 October 2017
It’s brilliant to see from Rashford. His goalscoring ability and footballing talent is well known. However, he has yet to be in in a leadership role at United, unsurprisingly given his age. He showed great maturity on Tuesday night, helping Lindelof in a tricky period in the Swede’s career.
Lindelof joined United for £30.7 million from Benfica in the summer, and has had a tough start to life at Old Trafford. After playing very little, other than in the UEFA Champions League, the 22-year-old made a fatal mistake in Saturday’s 2–1 shock defeat to Huddersfield Town. He was widely criticised, but manager Jose Mourinho refused a single him out for criticism after the game.
Many players are struggled after joining United from a European side, including Lindelof’s current teammate David de Gea. United goalkeeper had two seasons of difficulties at Old Trafford but has now improved to become one of, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world. Hopefully, Lindelof will follow suit.