EPL 2016/17: Marcus Rashford's toughest away game was against West Brom
Manchester United’s prized asset, Marcus Rashford said that The Hawthorns is the toughest away ground he has played at. Rashford was in the starting lineup of Louis van Gaal’s side when United travelled to West Bromwich Albion in March last season.
“I think West Brom away was a difficult ground for me to play at last season," Rashford told Premier League TV.
"Obviously the style of football they play as well, and with the fans, I think it was just always getting on top of us and it was difficult to get into the game."
Manchester United suffered a bitter defeat that day as Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game after Juan Mata was sent off early in the first half. The Red Devils last won at The Hawthorns during David Moyes’ reign and their away game against The Baggies this season is on 17 December.
The 19-year-old made his debut for Manchester United against Midtjylland in the Europa League last season. He scored a brace against the Danish side and the youngster also found the back of the net twice against Arsenal in United’s next fixture. His goal helped United beat arch-rivals Manchester City at the Etihad stadium for the first time since 2012. He finished the season with a handsome tally of 8 goals in 18 appearances.
Rashford is one of the brightest prospects in English football and his heroics for The Red Devils last campaign had earned him a place in the England team that travelled to France to compete in the UEFA Euro 2016.
Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic admires the potential of the youngster, but he is of the opinion that Rashford shouldn’t be put under the pressure of expectations.
“First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV in September. “I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he’s able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time.”
“We know his quality and what he’s able to do. There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience.”
Rashford has scored 4 goals for the 20-time league champions this season including the winner against Hull city in injury time.
Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team are having a tough time as they failed to pick up all three points in any of their last three Premier League games and are currently 8th in the league standings.
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