Last season, when Manchester United were in despair, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who dominated their season: hat-tricks, goals and feats. Last season, they played better with him. This season, they would be better off without him.
This season, Man United have not scored enough goals. They have scored 20 goals in 14 Premier League games and have a goal difference of zero. Just like the 2019/2020 season, Man United need an important addition mid-season to be able to finish in the top 4. MU is cautious about any activity in the transfer window next month.
Sporting Lisbon received big money for Bruno Fernandes in a deal of up to £67m, but he is one of the few successful signings United have made over the past 15 years. Ten Hag has a high success rate in the market. Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen are among United’s top five players, with Tyrell Malacia a logical addition and Antony scoring three goals in his first Premier League games. But all is still not enough for MU on the attack.
Marcus Rashford was unable to start when Ronaldo, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood were absent for the matches against Manchester City and Leicester last season. Few have clearly benefited from the appointment of Ten Hag than Rashford. But it is inevitable that he will be used when they now do not have a seasoned leader at the front of the attack.
Rashford and Martial, each receiving the Golden Boy award, were the golden boys of Man United until Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived. He was later replaced by Romelu Lukaku. The following year, Edinson Cavani parachuted down and just 11 months later, Man United held a jubilant party to welcome Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that Rashford and Martial have surpassed the 20-goal mark in the 2019/2020 season – the season in which they are sure to start.
Martial, 27, and Rashford, 25, will have more competition next month or in the summer but they are now mature enough to shoulder the burdens they borne as infancy in their second season. by Louis van Gaal. Rashford was 18 and Martial was 20 when they featured in the FA Cup semi-final and final against Everton and Crystal Palace in 2016.
Rashford and Martial’s superb starts at Man United have not continued under Jose Mourinho, although they were two of the few outstanding players in the final months before the Portuguese’s time came to an end. stay at the Lowry Hotel. But now, they had all the favorable conditions to focus on dedicating to the team that both have been attached to for many years.
Thanh Vu | 16:35 12/24/2022