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    The incredible evolution of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford


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    Marcus Rashford has been living every boy’s dream for the past few years. The 20 year old broke into the Manchester United first team back in February 2016 after Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial were both stricken with injuries.

    Rashford scored twice on his debut for United against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League before netting twice yet again against Arsenal just 3 days later.

    Ahead of United’s game against Sevilla tonight at Old Trafford, Rashford has played 111 games for The Red Devils scoring 31 goals.

    This season is only Rashford’s second full season as a professional.

    On Saturday, Rashford scored twice for United at Old Trafford against Liverpool, proving why he is such a great talent.

    How far has Rashford come?

    In the 2015/16 season, Rashford played 18 matches for the United first team scoring 9 goals. These 9 goals included strikes against Arsenal and Manchester City.

    Here, we take a look at Rashford’s Premier League stats from this season compared to his stats at the same stage last season.

    Data courtesy of EA SPORTS

    Minutes

    2016/17: 1244
    2017/18: 1443

    Mourinho has put his faith into Rashford this season. The United academy graduate has played almost 200 minutes more this season than he did at this stage last season. Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been injured and Wayne Rooney has been sold to Everton but Rashford has managed to force his way into the team despite the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

    Goals

    2016/17: 3
    2017/18: 6

    Rashford has scored double the amount of goals this season than he had at match week 30 in the previous campaign. This season, Rashford has taken 51 shots so far, compared to his total last season of 35. This means that Rashford has found the net with 12% of his shots this season, 3% better than last season.

    Assists

    2016/17: 1
    2017/18: 5

    Rashford has registered 5 times more assists this season than at the same stage last year. He has created 20 chances this term in comparison to the 15 that he had made in 2016/17 by match week 30.

    Data courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League

    The Future

    The sky is the limit for Marcus Rashford. At 20 years old, he has played over 100 times for the club he supported as a boy and has represented his country at an international tournament. Rashford is clearly going to have a long and brilliant career.

     

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