Let’s face it, on a day when the headlines have been dominated by Thiago and Gareth Bale, Manchester United’s official Twitter account announcing our Goal of the Season winner isn’t what most fans want to see.
The award was won by Marcus Rashford, for his sensational dipping free-kick against Chelsea in the EFL Cup during October.
It might not be the exciting transfer announcement many of us were looking for, but the honour does offer a reminder of the excellence Rashford is capable of.
United were toiling in the opening months of the season.
But Rashford’s stunner – the second of two goals on the night to earn a 2-1 – came near the start of a run of form where the Englishman carried United’s attack.
At that time, he netted seven goals in eight Premier League matches.
The signs were that Rashford has transformed into a reliable goalscorer, capable of the sublime strikes as well as scruffier ones.
Rashford failed to rediscover his best form after suffering a back injury against Wolves against January, which might have taken some gloss off his 22-goal season.
But that sensational strike offers a reminder that he is an elite forward, capable of swinging matches United’s way with a single swipe of the boot.
After a summer of transfer frustration, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do with Rashford starting the season on the kind of form he hit last autumn.
Rashford kicked off last season with a double in a 4-0 win over Chelsea, but scored just once – from the penalty spot – in the seven matches which followed.
Pulling out of the England squad hopefully allowed Rashford to fully recover from the injury problems which have plagued him in 2020, laying the groundwork for a fast start to the new campaign.
Manchester United fixtures after the international break
- Newcastle United (A)
October 17 – 3pm
- PSG (A)
October 20 – 8pm
- Chelsea (H)
October 24 – 5.30pm
- RB Leipzig (H)
October 28 – 8pm
- Arsenal (H)
November 1 – 6.30pm
- Istanbul Basaksehir (A)
November 4- 5.55pm
- Everton (A)
November 7 – 3pm
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