Cristiano Ronaldo might have had an influence on Marcus Rashford doing well, claims Warnock
Speaking on BBC Five Live (h/t Manchester Evening News), football commentator Steven Warnock has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo has had an influence on Marcus Rashford producing the goods in the second half of this season.
Rashford has been in incredible form since the World Cup ended. He has now amassed 28 goals and seven assists in 47 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United this season so far.
When Ronaldo departed the club on bad terms in the early parts of the World Cup, there might have been doubts around the team as to who will score the goals for them. Anthony Martial’s dodgy injury record isn’t encouraging.
That is when Rashford stepped up and has not stepped down till now. Here’s what Warnock said regarding Ronaldo’s influence on the England international (h/t Manchester Evening News):
“Ronaldo might have rubbed off on him.
“Rashford will have seen what hard work and dedication can lead to but then it’s down to him to do it so huge credit to him for wanting to get better.
“Once Ronaldo was moved out, Rashford became the main man and a lot can crumble having that weight and expectation on their shoulders. He’s embraced it.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if Ronaldo was being a mentor to Rashford on how to be ruthless in front of goal consistently. It is a great credit to the latter that he has taken over the mantle of doing the bulk of scoring when others are struggling.
The 25-year-old will be key to how United end their campaign trophy-wise. On that note, Erik ten Hag would be concerned by the groin injury he picked up against Everton on Saturday.
As of now, it feels like the Red Devils need Rashford to play every game from now till the end of this season to add a couple more trophies to the cabinet.
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Let’s hope that this run of form continues for the England international for seasons to come. It is all well and good doing it for a period of time. Great players do it year after year. We expect Rashford to emulate that.