Man Utd star Marcus Rashford has shown up Michael Owen after Chelsea win
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reviews the Chelsea game
By scoring his 30th goal of the season on Thursday night, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford could now seek an apology from Michael Owen. The former Red Devils striker said earlier in the season their current talisman wouldn’t get near breaking the 30-goal barrier in a single campaign. However, Rashford has now struck that amount for the first time in his career following the club’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea on Thursday night.
Manchester United were too strong for Chelsea, cruising to victory at Old Trafford and sealing their place in next season’s Champions League as a result.
Casemiro and Anthony Martial netted in the first half, with late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Rashford giving the Red Devils all three points.
For Rashford, it was yet another positive night. His goal was his 30th of the campaign, seeing him match the exploits of Robin van Persie in the 2012/2013 season in the process.
And he’s silenced his critics this term, becoming one of the first names on Erik ten Hag’s team sheet in the process.
Earlier in the season, Owen praised Rashford. However, he also insisted the forward would never score 30 or more goals a season.
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“I do feel that Manchester United need a No 9, whether it’s [Anthony] Martial or another player,” he said.
“I do feel that Rashford is better on the left, he will contribute a decent number of goals every year.
“But he’s not going to be the [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, [Wayne] Rooney or [Robin] van Persie that scores 30 plus a season.
“But obviously he’s a huge asset to this football club.”
How wrong Owen was.
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Rashford has been a player reborn for United this season, having previously gone off the boil under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
And, without him, Ten Hag’s first season in the dugout could have gone extremely differently.
Now, the onus will be on Rashford to continue to deliver as United look to challenge for the biggest and best trophies going forward.
They’ve not won the Champions League since 2008, with rivals such as Chelsea (twice) and Liverpool claiming the trophy in the years since.
And United are also yet to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement a decade ago.
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Meanwhile, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink feels United need a new No 9 to help ease the goalscoring burden on Rashford going forward.
“Manchester United need a number nine,” he told Sky Sports after the rout over Chelsea.
“They need Marcus Rashford to score 30 goals again but also a number nine to score in the 20s and they need more creativity.
“They have done incredibly well here [at Old Trafford] but not won away from home so much and haven’t won against the top nine.
“That means that don’t have the character in the team to go away and win, that’s what they need to improve.”
On Chelsea, he added: “Chelsea were in a really good position but didn’t capitalise on their chances and Manchester United shouldn’t have been 2-0 up but in the second half you need to kick on and they never did.
“They looked defeated, individual mistakes and it went from bad to worse.
“There’s a big job for whoever comes in, we all think it will be for Mauricio Pochettino.
“It’s a big job in character, how they want to play and what you give on the pitch. That was a bit disappointing in the second half.”
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