The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United has given Marcus Rashford a new lease of life.
The 21-year-old scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, making it four goals in six matches under the Norwegian.
Rashford isn’t the only player who is playing better since Jose Mourinho’s sacking but his case stands out because he’s clearly Solskjaer’s preferred striker.
It wasn’t always easy for the England international under Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach was critical of Rashford following a 1-0 defeat to Brighton last May, claiming his performance was evidence as to why Lukaku was being picked to start.
“People always ask: ‘Why always Lukaku?’ Well, now they know why always Lukaku,” Mourinho said, per The Guardian.
Rashford now has a manager who believes in him and he’s playing the finest football of his brief career.
Shearer discusses Rashford's form
The youngster was the subject of Alan Shearer’s latest column and he believes Rashford is benefitting from having Solskjaer’s complete faith.
“Marcus Rashford is flying right now because he has a manager with complete belief in him for the first time,” Shearer told The Sun.
“Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - and it is great to watch.”
Despite the praise, Shearer did have an important point to make about Rashford.
Being rich and famous isn’t a familiar situation for any 21-year-old and the former Newcastle United forward believes Rashford must avoid the temptations that his status affords him outside of football.
“At just 21 he now needs to ensure he avoids the temptations of life and the world outside of football to carry on improving,” Shearer added.
“It’s not that I am concerned he will fall for those trappings, but it can happen.
“If all of that can be curbed then Manchester United and England have a top, top centre-forward on their hands for many a year.”
Thankfully for Man United, Rashford appears to be a motivated individual.
It's unlikely they will have to worry about his off-the-field behaviour.