Marcus Rashford is one of Manchester United’s untouchable players where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is concerned.

However well or badly he is playing, or whether he is 100 per cent or half-fit, Solskjaer persists in playing Rashford for almost every minute of every game.

This can seem maddening at times. Last night it seemed like it wouldn’t have hurt to take him off with United’s attack failing to click. United certainly had options on the bench.

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One of the reasons Solskjaer is so reluctant to do so is because Rashford has a habit of popping up with a vital goal contribution.

This played out against West Ham. Rashford provided the match winning assist for Scott McTominay’s extra-time winner.

Rashford with one touch played the ball perfectly into McTominay’s path. The midfielder struck the ball low, first-time, into the back of the net.

This was a milestone goal for McTominay as he continued to stretch a career return to seven for the season.

Rashford too is producing assists at an impressively frequent level.

Up to nine now

Rashford is now up to nine assists for the season. This is second best to only Bruno Fernandes who has 11.

 

Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial follow on five each. A full rundown can be viewed here.

Rashford’s return of nine assists is a career best. Last season he recorded seven.

Reaching double figures will be a milestone and it won’t be long. This is so impressive considering his goal tally too.

Rashford is on 16 goals for the season, closing in on last season’s number of 22.

At times it feels like Rashford has been playing erratically. This is a product of playing so frequently without a break.

He has assists in successive games now and created three chances in total against West Ham, a figure which was only bettered by Alex Telles with four.

Rashford will keep going, Solskjaer is reluctant to let him rest. When he keeps producing vital moments, it’s understandable.

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