Marcus Rashford’s upcoming return from injury could not be better timed.
The Manchester United forward rejoined contact training last week and is set to return after the international break.
An incredibly tough run of fixtures facing United over the next two months means Rashford will be needed.
Rashford has proved across his short career so far that he is a big game player.
Great record vs upcoming opponents
Rashford has scored more goals (5) against Leicester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool than against any other opponents.
United face all three over the upcoming 10 games, with Leicester and Liverpool the first two Premier League games back.
Rashford also has four goals against City and three against Tottenham.
Getting Rashford back for all of these games is ideal and he can be the difference maker United desperately need.
The player to knit it all together
United’s form has not been great to start the season, even though the team sit just two points off the top of the Premier League table.
Rashford can be the player who helps United get back on track. His goals will help. Rashford scored 21 last season and 22 the year prior.
But it is his general play and creativity which will be the biggest asset.
Rashford provided 12 assists last season, often linking up effectively with Edinson Cavani with crosses from deep. Think back to his assists vs Southampton, Everton, and Villa. Cristiano Ronaldo would thrive on those kind of deliveries.
With Rashford on one side and Jadon Sancho on the other, United would have the movement around Ronaldo to create space and chances.
Rashford’s dribbling ability and willingness to take players on pulls defenders out of position and helps create gaps for the likes of Bruno Fernandes to do damage.
Rashford’s return to full fitness could not be better timed, and if he gives United the lift we need, he will establish himself as Manchester United’s most important player.
We have seen what this United side look like without Rashford, and it wasn’t particularly convincing. Add the returning attacker back into the side, and the Red Devils may be a very different proposition.
Manchester United’s next 10 fixtures after the international break
- Leicester City (A)
Saturday October 16, 3pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (H)
Wednesday October 20, 8pm, Champions League
- Liverpool (H)
Sunday October 24, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Tottenham (A)
Saturday October 30, 5.30pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (A)
Tuesday November 2, 8pm, Champions League
- Manchester City (H)
Saturday November 6, 12.30pm, Premier League
- Watford (A)
Saturday November 20, 3pm, Premier League
- Villarreal (A)
Tuesday November 23, 5.45pm, Champions League
- Chelsea (A)
Sunday November 28, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Arsenal (H)
Tuesday November 30, 8pm, Premier League