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Marcus Rashford to the rescue

Updated on: 14 January,2023 10:41 AM IST  |  Manchester

Man Utd will rely on in-form striker Marcus as they play City in derby today

Marcus Rashford to the rescue

Marcus Rashford. Pic/Getty Images

Marcus Rashford has put two years of frustration behind him as the Manchester United star’s blistering form has inspired his club’s return to relevance in the Premier League. 

Rashford will spearhead United’s attack in Saturday’s crucial derby against Manchester City after recovering from a difficult period that threatened to squander his vast potential. 

Before the start of this season, it was increasingly hard to imagine Rashford would be the focal point of any big game, let alone such a pivotal showdown as fourth-placed United’s clash with second-placed City. 

Career reset for Rashford

But Rashford is flourishing again after committing to a career reset. The 25-year-old’s double in United’s League Cup quarter-final win against Charlton on Tuesday extended his scoring run to a career-best six successive games. 

Rashford has hit seven goals in that period and 15 in total this term for United after managing just five last season. It is a welcome sight for United fans, who feared Rashford may never recapture the form that made him a teenage sensation when he burst onto the Old Trafford stage in 2016 after graduating from the youth academy.

Also Read: League Cup: Marcus Rashford scores two as Manchester United ease into semis

Suffered racial abuse online

Rashford’s decline reached its lowest ebb when he suffered racist abuse on social media after missing a spot-kick in England’s penalty shoot-out defeat against Italy in the European Championship final in 2021. Struggling to deal with a long-term shoulder injury, Rashford’s United form was woeful both in the months before the Euros and in the aftermath. 

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