Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford continued his remarkable run of form with a superb performance at the Nou Camp.
Rashford scored one and had a key hand in another as United earned a 2-2 draw against Barcelona, with the team unlucky not to win.
The striker became the first United player since Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to score against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and a big challenge awaits in a week’s time when the second leg takes place at Old Trafford.
Rashford caused Barcelona serious problems and he will be determined to finish the job at Old Trafford in a week’s time.
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Spanish press react to Marcus Rashford
The Spanish media only had positive words to describe Marcus Rashford’s performance, with the Manchester United forward embracing the big stage.
Marca described Rashford as ‘frightening’, lauding his impact and asking whether United can hold onto him.
Their report writes: “Rashford is in the type of form that could see another rich club come to United with a blank chequebook and take the English striker. His numbers are frightening and the feeling he left at the Camp Nou is that of a striker capable of changing a game on his own. He shook the entire Barcelona defense and was pivotal to both United goals.”
The newspaper also noted how Erik ten Hag outwitted Xavi, who moved Ronald Araujo the full-back position to try and combat Rashford, who started through the centre.
Mundo Deportivo also reflected on a flawed tactical plan, writing: “The defensive design to stop Rashford did not work, since the United striker was the best of the Manchester team and participated in the two goals that in just seven minutes turned the game around.”
An editorial in Spanish newspaper Sport also praised Manchester United’s number 10, commenting: “Currently it is practically impossible to mention a footballer who is more plugged in than Marcus Rashford.”
Rashford now has 30 goal contributions for the season, with 22 goals and eight assists. There are hopefully a lot more to come.