By Mark Weasley
Marcus Rashford is a gift that keeps giving. The 19 year old striker has led the line in the wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury at Manchester United. The England striker was recently called up by Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate, for international duty.
He started the Europa League final on Wednesday night in Stockholm, and in the process broke a long-standing record. Rashford, became the youngest English player to start in a European Final in 37 years. Gary Mills was the youngest when he appeared for Nottingham Forest against Hamburg aged 18 and 198 days in 1980.
Rashford went into the pitch aged 19 years and 205 days, meaning he is the second youngest. The player, who burst onto the scene with two well taken goals against Midjtylland in the Europa League last year is a valuable member of Jose Mourinho’s first team this season, earning praise from his ‘hard-to-please’ manager, who has been impressed with his attitude and willingness to work for the team, something Anthony Martial has not caught up with.
Rashford didn’t score against Ajax, but worked his socks off as goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured United won the Europa League.
The player is known for his blinding pace and exceptional movement to get in behind defenders. He is good aerially, and possesses a fearless attitude that enables him match up to more accomplished players. He has scored 11 goals in 53 matches this term and has been touted as the future of the club.