If Nike had to make an advertisement portraying a story of the meteoric rise of a player, Marcus Rashford would fit the bill eminently. The Manchester United forward, who turns 19 today, was a Manchester United youth team player at the start of last season, but boy, has he made one hell of an entrance into the elites of world football!
Brought into the senior team by Louis van Gaal early on in the season, Rashford endured the ups and downs of life on the Manchester United bench during the first half of the season, when he did not make a single appearance for United and was restricted to one appearance on the substitutes lineup.
As luck would have it, a spate of injuries to United’s senior squad members forced van Gaal to field Rashford as his starting striker in a Europe League game, and the rest, as they say, is part of footballing history. The following are 5 facts about Rashford that would help you understand the impact he has had on British football since his arrival:
#1 He was on wages of £500 a week when he made his debut for United
Incidentally, while Rashford had a major hand in salvaging the Red Devils’ 2015-16 season and giving Louis van Gaal the only silverware of his time at the club, he was doing it without a full senior contract with the club.
Rashford signed his first professional contract with Ed Woodward on 30th May 2016 – after the unveiling of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s manager for the ongoing Premier League season.
Till the time Rashford put pen to paper, he had already shown glimpses of his immense talent, as well as his big-match mentality. His brace that gave United a 3-2 win at home against Arsenal with a vastly depleted side brought him onto the gaze of clubs from the rest of Europe.