Marcus Rashford’s dream start to life at Manchester United just keeps on getting and better. He's scored vital goals against Arsenal, Manchester City and also West Ham United in the FA Cup during his debut season. The talent is there. What he needs is luck.
Old Trafford has been a difficult place to be a striker in recent years. Robin van Persie started brightly, only to fall, with Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao failing to justify their blockbuster reputations in recent seasons.
There was another, James Wilson, whose career started with a bang. Now he is helping Brighton focus on Premier League promotion. His chances of impressing Louis van Gaal or any future manager will no doubt fade once the club splashes the cash again this summer.
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Rashford has been fortunate that Rooney and Anthony Martial remain the club’s only two reliable strikers, and he needs the club to continue to struggle in the transfer market if he is to continue his stunning introduction to life in English football.
According to reports, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keeping an eye on ongoings at Old Trafford.
His feud with Van Gaal is well publicised but, if Jose Mourinho takes over from the Dutchman this summer, then a marriage of convenience could see him arrive.
A striker is a priority this summer. Rooney’s magic is waning and Martial, for all the promise of his debut campaign, needs an experienced head alongside him if he is to continue to develop.
Javier Hernandez would have been perfect given his predatory instincts, but the Mexican is now blossoming in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
Rashford has been thrown in at the deep end but whether he is the option for the long term remains to be seen.
There has been talk of Rashford making a late charge into Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad this summer yet, with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge to choose from, Hodgson is in good supply of top quality strikers.
But that is not to say that Rashford does not deserve a place amongst them. He has been a rare shining light amid the turbulence of the Van Gaal era and goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham point at a player tailor made for the big occasion.
Others, such as Federico Macheda, have flickered brightly before fading. All the early signs suggest that Rashford may buck the trend of young strikers fading into obscurity at the Theatre of Dreams.
Wilson scored twice when Ryan Giggs was interim manager back in 2014, but his development has stunted with a loan spell at Brighton yielding just four goals for Chris Hughton’s side.
Rashford must continue to perform in order to create a career for himself at United, but with a managerial change looming, things could turn sour for the Englishman.
Mourinho, with his reputation for spending heavily, may not be the right manager to keep the Englishman playing so well.
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