MUFC: Lukaku takes the credit but Rashford & Martial deserve the praise
It’s universally known that Manchester United’s squad depth is arguably one of the best on the planet right now. Even with the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they have managed to put goal after goal past their opponents. The onus has been placed on Romelu Lukaku to provide the goals this season and he has ultimately delivered. The Belgian’s form has boosted Manchester United ticket sales dramatically, but the roles of his teammates, most notably Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial must not be discredited. Match tickets to spectate this excellent team in action are high in demand but with Football Ticket Pad you’ll be able to secure yours safely using our secure online platform.
A mix of fantastic form and undisputed quality has given boss Jose Mourinho something of a selection headache in recent weeks, both good and bad. Competition for game time arises within the squad creating a sense of impending conflict. Some may consider it healthy competition, however the inevitable frustration for younger players not getting on the pitch may become more apparent as the season progresses. Manchester United are not the only club that could experience this though. You don't have to look far to see their ‘noisy neighbours’ also have a very adaptable squad, Manchester City.
An example of where Manchester United’s squad depth proved helpful has already occurred. Due to the injury of key player Paul Pogba in September, José Mourinho had to decide who to place in his position. He found his solution in Marouane Fellaini, and placed his reasoning down to personal preference. He also had the obvious choices of Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera. Since then, Fellaini has been sidelined and Mourinho now must choose who he will play ahead of their fixture against Benfica this Wednesday instead of the Belgian.
United are currently joint top of the Premier League, behind Manchester City on goal difference. It has been argued that Manchester United’s fixtures have been relatively easy in comparison to their rivals thus far. That opinion may not change as Manchester United face the newly promoted Huddersfield Town and Swansea in the upcoming October fixtures. These opinions are of no importance to the Red Devils though, as results keep them at the top of the table which is their main objective. It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho tries to rotate the squad throughout these games, with five fixtures in two weeks after a testing international break for his squad.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford take on the form of his left wingers which creates the everlasting debate of who’s better for the role. Martial tends to be preferred in Europe with Rashford taking the mantle in the Premier League. Something worthy of note is the outstanding contributions both players bring to the team despite the constant battle for the spot. Rashford has contributed five goals and four assists in only eleven matches. The 19 year old Englishman has done nothing but impress since he started playing for Manchester United and has been given a surprising amount of match time considering his experience and age. What’s also surprising about Rashford is his ability to cope with the lifestyle of a footballer. He shot to fame in 2016, scoring on his debut and since then has had meteoric success with both club and country. This has not phased him off the pitch though, his ever-growing fame is something that would throw other players. Perhaps his highly focused personality is what Mourinho admires.
Likewise, Anthony Martial has five goals and five assists in only nine games. He’s more experienced than Marcus Rashford and albeit slightly older. Although Martial has played less games, he has played more minutes in those matches. The 21 year-old French forward hasn’t maintained the limelight at Manchester United despite either scoring or assisting on average, every thirty-seven minutes. His good form has alerted the likes of Barcelona to his undisputed talent and have expressed an interest in him. Perhaps the Manchester United manager will start playing him more to give him no reason to leave? Whether it be Rashford or Martial on the left, one thing is for certain, top quality football. Safely secure your Manchester United tickets today with a 100% money-back guarantee and amazing deals to be made, including VIP Hospitality packages for all matches at Old Trafford this season.