Let’s Not Overhype Marcus Rashford Already – Things Learned From Arsenal + Best Possible Twitter Reactions

It was a game where Manchester United were given no chance at all, by anyone — we had 14 first team regulars injured, Arsenal supposedly had their best forward line and their best defence in ten years and were sitting pretty in the 2nd position on the table. Louis van Gaal was forced to put together a makeshift defence using Carrick and Blind, while the starting XI had 3 academy graduates. It was a patchwork team, but as it showed after 90 minutes, this team had the “United mentality”.

3-2 was the scoreline at the end of the day, with 18 year old Marcus Rashford stealing all the headlines with 2 goals and 1 assist on his Premier League debut. For the Gunners, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil were on target but apart from those two goals which were more down to communication problems between the new defenders rather than high end stuff, they barely looked to pose a credible threat to De Gea for most parts of the game. Here are 3 things we learnt from the game:

1. Let’s Not Overhype Marcus Rashford Already

Marcus Rashford

After Kiko Macheda and Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford became the 3rd youngest Premier League goalscorer for Manchester United at just 18 years and 20 days. The kid has had the week of his life, he has now got 4 goals in 2 games for the club. The Manchester born and bred lad, who has been leading the United U18s this season, was called upon because of the injuries to Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Will Keane. Although he was highly rated in the youth team, yet no one, absolutely no one thought he would deliver in the manner he did for the senior team.

The striker has fantastic pace, good ball control, and above all, he is extremely determined and composed. However, as we have seen with many promising academy graduates in the past years, like Cleverly, Macheda or Ravel Morrison, they tend to fizzle out as soon as the going gets tough. So let’s be weary of that and let this precocious talent develop on his own in the grassy training fields of Carrington.

2. Memphis and Varela both were breathtaking again

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay and Guillermo Varela, both of them were phenomenal in the midweek game against FC Midtjylland and they backed it up with yet another excellent performance against Arsenal. The Dutchman, especially was on fire once again, as he was pitched against Hector Bellerin, one of the fastest fullbacks in the league as he nutmegged and took the mickey out of the Spaniard. To his great credit, the former PSV winger has successfully warded off the merciless criticism he was subjected to in the early part of the season and finally looks the player people thought he would be. Varela too, having spent the last season on loan at Real Madrid reserves , was outstanding on his overlaps and providing assistance to Jesse Lingard. However, he has to improve his defending, which is his primary job.

3. The midfield is thriving again

All through the season, we have been extremely criticial of Manchester United’s midfield, especially about Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, for uselessly slowing down United’s attacks with side passes and back passes. However, since the last week or so, these two have been pinging superb passes throughout the game and distributing the possession all over the field, in a manner you would expect United’s playmakers to. Herrera also got on the scoresheet last night, albeit the shot suffering a massive deflection. May this energy continue, Spaniards!

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