Jose Mourinho has been quick to criticise Man United’s transfer policy this window, saying that the club need more signings. While that may be true, he can help himself by giving a start to players that weren’t his first choice last campaign.
United struggled at times last season to create opportunities for Romelu Lukaku, as the Red Devils scored 38 fewer goals than rivals Man City, and the least in the top four. Marcus Rashford may be the man to solve those problems, and he can prove that tonight against Leicester.
Rashford would have been frustrated last season with the amount of game time he got. Lukaku was a definite starter throughout the season, with Rashford having to settle for the bench with only 17 starts.
But Lukaku played a lot of football at the World Cup, and could have a quiet start to the season, with limited playing time. On the other hand, Rashford only had one start all tournament, meaning Mourinho could see him as a fresher option.
The good news for Rashford is that he will now be wearing the number 10 shirt at Man United. This is key in how United see him and plan to use him this year. It is more likely that the 20-year-old will partner Lukaku up front, with plenty more game time this season.
Furthermore, with the departure of Anthony Martial looking increasingly likely, United still need players with pace, to push defences, meaning Rashford will play a crucial role, as he differs stylistically from the rest of his team.
After bursting onto the scene under Louis van Gaal, Rashford would be disappointed that he has not been able to nail a starting position at Man United. Whilst he remains an important player, he will want this season to be the one where he becomes a regular, and that should start tonight.