The evolution of Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has come back from the lockdown a different player. 

The Mancunian forward had a busy lockdown, achieving some brilliant charitable feats including leading a campaign for the UK Government to make a U-turn on their decision to suspend school meal vouchers.

The 22-year old England international has always been known for his pacy, explosive style of play. However, since the restart, another facet of his game has come to the fore.

Rashford has been showing his influence not just on the score-sheet, but creatively as well.

Since the restart, Rashford’s passing has notably improved. The Englishman has created five big chances in the Premier League since football resumed, the second most of all players in the division.

Also, according to FBREF, in terms of passes into the opposition penalty area, Rashford leads United in this metric with 62 completed (set pieces not included).

However, since the restart, he has completed 27 passes into the opposition penalty area in seven games. This is a meteoric improvement.

To put it in perspective, Daniel James is the next-best for the Reds in this metric. He has completed 29 all season, Rashford has played two less in seven games since the restart.

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Manchester United
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Anthony Martial celebrates with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard after scoring his team’s second goal assisted by Marcus Rashford during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE EVENING STANDARD

Rashford is showing that he’s not just a goal-threat but can be a creative force as well for United going forward.

The Englishman has scored 17 goals and provided 7 assists in the Premier League for Manchester United this season in 29 starts.

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