Manchester United’s last two Premier League games have been a joy to watch, with the team winning both of them 3-0.
In each match you felt that if the team really clicked, the scoreline could have been a lot higher, especially if we had not eased up against Brighton.
One noticeable aspect of United’s opening matches is that Marcus Rashford has not really been firing on all cylinders yet.
That is totally understandable. These are his first games since he suffered a back injury in January. It takes time to develop sharpness.
He is getting into good positions, and his build-up play has been good. He even provided two assists against Sheffield United last week.
But in that match when he was presented with chances, he miscued. In both games he has been overshadowed by Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
He can take United to another level
First of all it is important to note Rashford has started all three of United’s league fixtures. Solskjaer clearly wants him to get a goal, which would take him to 20 for the season.
Rashford looks fit and healthy and Solskjaer praised his work rate in the win over Brighton. He’s been perfectly serviceable, but we just know he is capable of so much more.
In the win over Norwich he livened up United’s slow attack, and had five shots at goal, while creating two chances.
United have been so impressive in recent matches, with the Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes combination really clicking. In the minutes they have been on the pitch together since the restart, United lead opponents by a combined score of 8-0.
It makes you wonder how good United could become, when Rashford starts firing.
Think back to the wins at home to Tottenham and away to City in December. Rashford was a force, and put the team on his back, delivering superb individual performances to secure two much-needed wins.
He has more matchwinners around him now, but Rashford is still capable of producing those type of displays. He will fancy his chances of doing so at home to struggling Bournemouth this weekend.
When he does start taking games over again, scoring goals, and linking up effectively with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, he can take this United team up another level.
These past few games may have been about finding his form, fitness and sharpness.
If he comes to the boil in time for the end of the league season, and cup semi-final and beyond, he could time it perfectly.
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