United’s golden boy keeps on shining

Basketball dunk sees defender sent straight to the bench

Marcus Rashford. It’s a name few knew just six months ago, and now it’s one that Manchester United fans can’t stop singing.

The 18-year-old once again stole the show on Sunday, scoring the winner in the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over cross-city rivals Manchester City.

The striker has filled the void left by the injury to skipper Wayne Rooney, and has put more fancied names the likes of Memphis Depay in the shade. Often, the media can be accused of over-hyping a bright, young talent, but it’s hard not to be impressed by Rashford.

City’s Argentina international defender Martin Demichelis is a player who has enjoyed a great career for both club and country, but on Sunday he was made to look like silly by Rashford before being mercifully substituted in the 52nd minute.

Demichelis’ failings – and Rashford’s strengths – were no more obvious when the 35-year-old was left on his rear end as the teenager glided past him and on to goal. Rashford of course made no mistake with the finish, and racked up quite a record in the process…

Not impressive enough? Well, consider the players he’s beaten out to hold that record:

Rashford is making a habit of scoring goals at key moments too, he seems a young man who likes to make his presence felt, as evidenced by his stats for the season: Scored in first Premier League start Scored in first European start Scored in first Manchester derby And don’t think that he’s finding the back of the net against just any opposition either…

It’s too early to start calling Rashford a future legend, a few prolific months does not make a player great, but in otherwise rather gloomy times, United fans are unlikely to mind.