Marcus Rashford scored his 13th and 14th goals this season in the Premier League.
He has 19 goals in all competitions this season, making this already his best ever campaign. And it’s only early January.
Notably Rashford’s goals mean he has already outscored Romelu Lukaku’s contribution last season for United in the Premier League.
Lukaku scored only 12 goals in 32 matches, compared to Rashford’s 14 in 22 games this season.
United sold Lukaku to Inter for £74 million in the summer, a decision which has been heavily scrutinised from the outside.
The right time to sell
United supporters know that the Lukaku sale in itself was right. He wanted to leave, and the club got a great fee. The problem was not replacing him.
Lukaku also failed to score in games against big game opposition, whereas Rashford has made a habit of it during his career.
Rashford is also closing in on Lukaku’s first season at United, in which he scored 16 Premier League goals in 34 games.
Part of the reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not replace Lukaku was that he wanted to give Rashford and Anthony Martial room to breathe, and claim the positions in attack as their own.
While an additional forward is still needed, Rashford and Martial have made the most of their opportunities.
Martial has eight Premier League goals in 16 games, while Mason Greenwood has netted four of his nine United goals in the league.
Letting Lukaku go was the right move, and United have banked £74 million. Now it just has to be spent wisely.
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