In February 2016, the current Man United boss Louis van Gaal turned to an 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford to start against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The teenager had made his debut for the club midweek in the Europa League against Danish outfit Midtjylland, but this was his Premier League debut, and it was a completely different prospect.
In that European tie, the youngster had scored two goals, creating a buzz amongst fans as to his future. Few people would have expected him to start for The Red Devils that weekend, but an injury crisis forced the move.
Nevertheless, fans were happy with the new addition, welcoming the player to the team.
This is what the fans had to say:
— Dr. Garrett McGovern (@AddictionsPMC) February 28, 2016
— thefierychef (@thefierychef) 28 February 2016
— Tobiloba (@tobioladunjoye1) 28 February 2016
@ManUtd RASFORD <3
— Hadassa (@hadassalopes_) February 28, 2016
@ManUtd Rashford > Welbeck
— joday (@gendutjody) 28 February 2016
@ManUtd I find it so great that that kid Rashford is starting!
— 50 ShadesOfBayern (@jagibaby) 28 February 2016
Rashford bagged two goals and an assist that day against The Gunners, and hasn’t looked back since. The teenager continued to impress throughout the season for United, culminating in a call up to England Euro 2016.
Almost three years on, and the thing that would have disappointed fans and Rashford the most is that he is still not a guaranteed starter for Man United. Since his debut, the club has experience a new manager in José Mourinho, who does not look upon Rahsford so favourably. He still features for United, but the Portuguese prefers Romelu Lukaku to play up front, with Rashford playing wider.
The amazing thing is that Rashford is still only 20-years-old and is already an accomplished international footballer and recognised player at Man United. However, he still is not yet the player fans thought he’d be when he made his debut back in 2016.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!