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Is the threat of Mason Greenwood finally helping Marcus Rashford find his goal-scoring potential?

Marcus Rashford can’t stop scoring at the moment.

In this evening’s clash between Man United and Colchester, the young forward netted the opener in their Carabao Cup match and was the catalyst for the second to bring his tally up to 14 goals in 23 games this season.

Add to that the three he’s netted for England this term and you’ve suddenly got one player in very rich goal-scoring form.


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Not too long ago, Rashford felt like a player who was threatening to fail to live up to his awesome potential.

The United youngster has been on the scene for a little while now but had somewhat failed to really show off the brilliance that he displayed in his debut campaign in 2015/16, when he burst onto the scene with a flurry of goals.

In fact, the second-half of that season was all about Rashy and he ultimately became a surprise household name that made his way into England’s 23-man list that went to Euro 2016.

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As recently as October there were fingers being pointed at the United favourite.

I even wrote about how he was something of an enigma who was “occasionally brilliant but often frustrating” — I’m comfortable enough to admit I was a little hasty with that one.

Since then, having returned to his favoured left-wing role, he’s blitzed the scoring charts and has become a genuine threat in attack, much to the delight of United fans and his manager.

It’s clear that he was struggling as a central-forward in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side earlier in the season; struggling to fill the injured Anthony Martial’s role.

But there’s certainly nothing to worry about at the moment.

Perhaps it’s the sudden emergence of Mason Greenwood that’s stirred something inside him?

The teenager has already proven to be a natural finisher and is one of the club’s biggest prospects; having been directly involved in a goal every 68 minutes in all competitions this season, including recent strikes against Alkmaar and Everton.

Greenwood’s sudden rise is certainly something that will be at the back of Rashford’s mind, with the wonderkid seemingly getting better and better with every game he plays in.

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There’s also the rumours that United could move for Salzburg superstar Erling Haaland in the New Year —  another young forward who’s making headlines across Europe.

The addition of Haaland would certainly create a difficult — albeit satisfying — problem for Solskjaer, as he’d then have to pick from the likes of Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and the Norwegian for his side’s striker positions.

In the meantime, let’s just enjoy a goal-hungry Rashford who’s not only become the most important player in Man United’s line-up, but is increasingly one of the key figures in England’s starting line-up mere months ahead of Euro 2020.


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