Marcus Rashford came off the bench to highlight his importance to this Manchester United side, whilst the man he replaced Jadon Sancho continues to struggle.

Coming off the back of his two goals against Blackburn Rovers in a friendly during the international break, Rashford made an immediate impact at the King Power Stadium.

Rashford made a dart off the left touchline across Leicester’s defence which was picked out by Victor Lindelof and he then had the composure to smash the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.

It was similar to the goal Rashford scored at Bramhall Lane last season via a Lindelof pass too.

The England international made it 2-2 with over 10 minutes remaining, but we restored parity for a matter of seconds before the Foxes ran out deserved 4-2 winners.

What now for Sancho?

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Following his two assists for England against Andorra, it was hoped Sancho’s performance for his country would mean he was replicating his start to last season with Dortmund.

But it was another frustrating day for him against Brendan Rodgers’ side. In one sense only Bruno Fernandes (8) made more key passes than the man (3) signed for £73m (BBC Sport).

But then in another he was bullied off the ball by Youri Tielemans which created a dangerous counter attacking phase of play by the hosts.

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He just hasn’t had that one moment that makes you think that’s the moment to start his Manchester United career.

The return of Rashford means the competition for attacking places heats up even further.

And with Mason Greenwood looking in control of the starting berth on the right-hand side.

 

Sancho could find himself directly competing against Rashford on the left ahead of a crucial week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

Rashford could bring best out of Sancho

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Both Sancho and Rashford agonisingly missed a penalty in England’s heart-breaking final defeat to Italy.

But after shoulder surgery, Rashford looks like a man on mission to make up for lost time.

Whereas, Sancho looks a little down on himself and he’s struggling to integrate and impose himself on United’s attack.

Rashford’s return could mean that Sancho has to settle for cameo appearances off the bench, and it could be that direct competition with his good friend for a place in Solskjaer’s starting line-up that brings out the best in him.

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If he doesn’t rise to the challenge then he may find himself regularly on the sidelines, watching on as Greenwood and Rashford shine.

It could take a substitute appearance when victory is assured and he has the freedom to go and impose himself on the match which sees him register his first goalscoring contribution for the club.

With Rashford back in the first team picture, he will look to mentor and guide Sancho through this tough period.

Let’s hope it isn’t too long before we see both Rashford and Sancho in full flow, in the same team, tormenting defences and winning games for Manchester United.

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