Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford did his part in England’s UEFA Nations League semi-final. It’s a shame most of his teammates let him down.

A quick recap: Rashford won a penalty after being fouled by Matthijs De Ligt before scoring clinically. He then suffered an injury and was substituted at half-time.

Harry Kane was ineffective in his place, before Manchester City duo John Stones and Kyle Walker turned into Phil Jones and Ashley Young, imploding to lose England the game.

Substitute Jesse Lingard earlier appeared to have won the game, but his goal to put England in front was ruled out for a marginal offside via VAR.

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Confidence boost

Rashford’s performance was a reminder why the Manchester United star is so dangerous.

The difference between him and Harry Kane was night and day, with the Spurs striker offering nothing.

Rashford’s movement caused all sorts of problems for the Dutch defence, especially De Ligt.

£75 million rated De Ligt was flustered by Rashford’s pace, giving the ball away before hacking him down in the box.

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It was an uncharacteristic error from the Dutchman. Surely he’d rather play with Rashford next season than against him?


De Ligt looked stunned after the passage of play, and most annoyed with himself.

He made up for his mistake in the second half, showing character, rising highest to head in a corner.

Rashford ended the season out of form, and has been taking some of the brunt of fans’ frustrations on social media.

This was a timely reminder of his ability, showing what a dangerous player he is. He’s not the problem. The lack of quality at United around him has been.

Lets hope more can be done in the coming weeks to remodel the squad and help him out next season.

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