Alan Shearer pinpoints reason for Marcus Rashford’s superb Manchester United form
Marcus Rashford is in the form of his life at Manchester United because he now has a manager who believes in him, according to the Premier League’s record goalscorer, Alan Shearer.
Rashford netted United’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon with a wonderfully-taken strike on the stroke of half-time.
It was the England forward’s fourth goal in six games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the 21-year-old taking his tally to eight for the season.
The Reds extended their form under the Norwegian to six wins from six with the statement performance at Wembley, and Shearer says Rashford is a joy to watch at present.
“Marcus Rashford is flying right now because he has a manager with complete belief in him for the first time,” the former England captain said in his column for The Sun.
“Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.
“Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.
“His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.
“It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.
“He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.”
Rashford was in and out of the United team under former manager Jose Mourinho, who oversaw the Reds’ worst start to a league season since 1990.
The academy graduate has since started every league game under Solskjaer, though, and Shearer insists the new manager’s is paying dividends.
“As a young player it takes time to understand who you are and what you are all about. Sometimes it does just happen but sometimes you have to work at it,” Shearer explained.
“It was the same for me as young player and it seems Rashford is getting there now.
“We have all known for a while what a top player he has the potential to be, but it makes a huge difference as a youngster to have the absolute faith of your manager.
“Solskjaer wants to play him as a centre-forward on a regular basis and that has been huge for him.”
Source: Manchester Evening News