Diana Forzey, our staff writer and contributor, provides us with some background on our newest star who didn't even have a Wikipedia page until last week.
For those of us who can’t get enough of the infusion of adrenaline that Marcus Rashford has injected into our veins, and the squad, here is some history on the 18 year old.
Like many of us, Rashford grew up with memorabilia of our beloved Manchester United covering his bedroom walls. He is one of five children, one girl and four boys, and comes from very humble beginnings. The mild-mannered young lad still lives at home with his mom. He is very focused on what he wants to achieve for his family.
Born and raised in Greater Manchester, Rashford played for Fletcher Moss Rangers, the same junior club that brought us former United players Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison. Rashford joined the junior club at the age of 5 and his talent was obvious from that very moment. By the age of 7, both United and City had become interested in him. Now 9 years old, the age in which a youth can join an Academy, Marcus was driven up to The Cliff to meet with United youth coach, Rene Meulensteen (who would later became Alex Ferguson’s right hand man), when he made his decision. He was joining Manchester United.
Though we all might want to think that it was his love of the club alone that made him choose the Red side of Manchester, the logical reality is that Meulensteen’s utilization of the Coerver method for the junior team, along with his power of persuasion, made Rashford see himself as a better footballer under United’s training program. The Coerver Method advocates that skill is not only inherent with young players but can also be passed on in a comprehensive academic and systematic way. Under this technique, players progress in a structured manner, from basics of ball mastery to a tactically driven group attack.
And so he came. Before the last minute call up as a late injury replacement last Thursday in the Europa League clash against Midtjylland, Marcus Rashford had never started a game above the Under 19 level, though he had captained the U19’s and was top scorer for the U18’s last season.
Playing his first match for the club’s senior team, Rashford not only scored once, he scored twice to lead United’s recovery in a 5-1 win against Midtjylland FC that qualified the team for the final 16 of the Europa League. This made him the club’s youngest scorer in European competition. If that’s not a whirlwind dream come true for a young player who only signed his professional contract with Manchester United in 2014, I don’t know what is?!
Unless it’s scoring two more goals in his Premier League debut (more on that soon).
With an injury crisis coursing through Manchester United, Marcus Rashford is the absolute best that could have come out of it. All of those injuries have brought to the forefront this young, driven and dedicated talent. He is precisely what we loyal fans needed this uneasy season, and he is not going anywhere fans. He’s 18 and here to stay!