Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford can shine for the first team in a way the departed Danny Welbeck never could.
The youngster, who has scored seven goals for the Red Devils so far this season, has established himself as the club’s main centre-forward over both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.
And, though Welbeck had his moments for his boyhood club, he never quite reached the role of talisman and Rashford can now succeed where the former academy protegee failed.
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Who knows what could have happened had Rooney not been injured in February?
With Martial and Will Keane also sidelined, James Wilson on loan at Brighton and Memphis Depay untrustworthy, Louis van Gaal turned to Rashford to help save his job and fire them past FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, and ever since the Dutchman has reaped the rewards.
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Not only did Rashford fire them past the Danish minnows, but he has also weighed in with key goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham United, with the latter booking their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Rooney and Martial have since both returned to form and fitness, but neither is now entrusted with the task of leading the line with Van Gaal opting to continue to place his faith in Rashford instead.
It spoke volumes that Van Gaal opted to gamble on a half-fit Radamel Falcao rather than let Welbeck become the focal point for his United team when he succeeded David Moyes nearly two summers ago.
Because the simple fact is that, whilst the striker has forged a good Premier League reputation for himself, he was never good enough to oust Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie or even Javier Hernandez from the starting line-up.
The 25-year-old scored just 29 times during 142 appearances for the club, with his 10 goals from 36 appearances under Moyes failing to convince Van Gaal that he deserved a future at Old Trafford.
Even with Rooney and Van Persie’s best days behind them, he was hardly missed last year, and though Falcao failed, Martial has now successfully filled the void left by Welbeck’s somewhat disappointing departure.
Rashford will now hope to be a regular in the starting line-up for years to come, even if Jose Mourinho does succeed Van Gaal at the end of the season.
He has been one of the revelations of the year, and his fine form could even be enough to see him make Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships this summer.
Rashford will be aiming to succeed where Welbeck failed. United fans will hope he can as failure to do so could see him become the latest bright light to be extinguished.
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