Although the majority of the 2015/16 season was a forgettable one for Manchester United, there were a couple of bright moments for the Old Trafford club along the way.
Winning the F.A. Cup in Louis van Gaal's final game in charge was obviously one of them, but perhaps the highlight of the campaign was the emergence of teenage striker Marcus Rashford in the first team.
After bursting onto the scene in February, the 18-year-old finished with eight goals in 18 games and earned rave reviews en route to winning a place in England's Euro 2016 squad. All whilst a number of his teammates at Old Trafford struggled for any sort of consistent form.
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According to one former Premier League manager, Paul Lambert, however, Rashford's impressive start to life in the United first team wasn't quite as good as it seems.
Indeed, the former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers boss believes the teenager's good form was thanks in part to being 'carried' by a few of the more senior players in the United squad.
"Wayne Rooney is carrying him, Michael Carrick is carrying him – people carry you when you’re young,” Lambert told BBC Radio Five Live (around 46 minutes in).
"When you’re a young player you can make as many mistakes as you want and you know the critics won’t be too harsh on you. When you become 22, 23, 24 and start to become a main player, then you can be criticised.
“Rashford might start, he might not, but the expectation will be on [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Rooney and the same lads who have been carrying the club for a few years.”
Although Lambert may have simply been trying to point out that, as a younger member of the Red Devils squad, Rashford doesn't have the same weight of expectation as the likes of Rooney and co., it is fair to say his comments have not gone down well with the United faithful.
Taking to Twitter to respond to the claims, fans were quick to argue it was the other way round last year, with Rashford carrying the senior pros for much of the campaign.
It remains to be seen how Jose Mourinho chooses to utilise the talents of Rashford this season.
The arrival of Ibrahimovic, alongside the expected return of Wayne Rooney to his forward role, means that the young England striker could struggle for game time under the Portuguese boss.
After what he did last year, however, United fans will be hoping that he gets a fair crack of the whip in the coming weeks and months.
Everyone involved, though, will be hoping that he won't be having to carry any of his teammates this time around.
United fans: Who will score more goals next season; Rashford or Rooney? Have your say in the comments below...
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