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Analysing Marcus Rashford's encouraging performance for Manchester United against Watford

Analysing Marcus Rashford's encouraging performance for Manchester United against Watford

Manchester United succumbed to the pressure, and suffered their third defeat in as many games at the hands of an excellent Watford side. Jose Mourinho’s men were just awful from the first minute and got exactly what they deserved. However, there was one bright spark, and going forward, Marcus Rashford has to be the first name on the team sheet.


The young Mancunian was handed his first Premier League start of the season, and in all truth, he was the only player wearing red who performed anywhere close to his capabilities. At eighteen, it is always going to be hard for Jose Mourinho to fully trust him, but he has to take a gamble on this kid.

Although he was deployed out wide rather than his natural striker position, he still had a positive impact on the game. Rashford looked up for it throughout, and his efforts were eventually rewarded with a goal in the second half as he bundled the ball in the back of the net to keep United in it.

His directness is a massive feature of his play, and perhaps that naivety of youth is what makes him so effective. He just plays without any fear, a willingness to go at his marker more often than not and it is absolutely brilliant to watch.


The man from Wythenshawe did score the only goal of the game, but his performance as a whole was pretty good too. He fired two shots at Gomes’ net and both of which did hit the target, showing just how accurate he is when letting fly.

He was also pretty good in possession which I feel is an underrated part of his game. A 90% passing accuracy certainly backs this up, as he kept bringing his Red Devils teammates into play when the opportunity arose.

Take-ons is another critical part of Marcus Rashford’s game, but in that sense he had an off-day against Watford – completing just one of these throughout the ninety minutes. Watford’s left wing-back Holebas performed admirably when the Englishman began the game on the left flank, and Amrabat continued this once Rashford had switched to the opposite wing.

At eighteen, he is still learning and developing as a professional footballer, but his hold-up play was excellent and he often brought the other attackers into play. A nice partnership seems to be forming with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which will continue to grow as the season progresses. This is something that Jose Mourinho has to exploit, because it would now be criminal to drop the only shining light into the team.

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