Marcus Rashford may have only taken a few, albeit rather gigantic, steps along the path of his Manchester United career, but the teenage striker has already developed a very impressive knack of delivering just when his side need him most.
Rashford’s Red Devils debut acted as a precursor, helping Louis van Gaal to a blush-saving win over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League with an emphatic brace.
Since then, he’s hit the net to secure victories over Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Hull City domestically – not to mention winners in Europe’s second competition once again this season over Anderlecht in the quarter-finals and last night against Celta Vigo.
Indeed, United appeared destined to rue missing out on copious opportunities to grab a vital away goal last night, until the England international unexpectedly dispatched a curling free kick into Sergio Alvarez’s side netting.
But as our infographic shows, that was by no means Rashford’s only contribution; he was on Celta’s defence like a rash (pun intended) until being brought off due to injury in the 81st minute, taking another two efforts at goal, laying on two chances for his team-mates and winning three fouls to give United territory high up the pitch. He was highly involved throughout the match, with 51 touches, and used the ball well – missing only 15% of his passes.
The Red Devils seem obsessed with adding firepower to their squad this summer. But after yet another strong performance from Rashford, who is proving himself to be not only a talented forward but also a real match winner, United might be better off investing time in the younger rather than money in the transfer market.