The manager of Manchester United, coach Ralf Rangnick has described Marcus Rashford as a top striker after helping the Premier League club to beat West Ham United on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
During the Premier League game, Marcus Rashford scored in injury time to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory over a resilient West Ham United side. The narrow victory was enough for Manchester United to replace West Ham United in the top four.
Currently, Manchester United are sitting on the 4th spot with 38 points in 22 games while West Ham United have moved to the 5th spot with 37 points in 23 games.
Before the game against West Ham United, Manchester United defeated Brentford 3-1 on January 19 and Rashford scored United’s last goal of the match. Hence, the 24-year-old English winger who has been heavily criticized for his goals drought so far this season has scored in two successive matches for the Red Devils.
After the 1-0 win over West Ham United, coach Rangnick described Marcus Rashford as a player that has everything a modern striker needs.
“He’s one of the top strikers in England,” the German coach said. “He’s an English international, who regularly played in Euros and we all know what quality he has.
“He has almost everything a modern striker needs. He’s got the pace, skills, he’s got the size and physicality of a striker and in the end, it’s all about confidence for strikers.
“I’m pretty sure that those two goals have raised the level of confidence within Marcus but now it’s about taking steps, to show that regularly.
“It’s about continuity now and I think he can play a very important role for the rest of the season for us.”
Marcus Rashford reacts to his late goal against West Ham United
So far in the 2021-2022 season, Marcus Rashford has struggled to score goals as much as expected. Before his goals against Brentford and West Ham United in January, the English football star managed to score just three goals in 15 appearances in all competitions.
Hence, his inconsistent form has attracted a series of criticism to him which he successfully used the game against Brentford and West Ham United to respond to.
Though he scored in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford, his late goal against West Ham United last night was the most important goal Rashford has scored this season.
After the game, the 24-year-old English striker took to Twitter to share pictures showing how he celebrated after scoring against West Ham United. In the caption, the English star wrote. “Fergieee timeeeee” was a reference to the era of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United during which the club often wins games towards the end of regular time.
Fergieee timeeeee 💪🏾♥️ pic.twitter.com/bM3HRIkPa0— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 22, 2022
In the post-match press conference, Marcus Rashford stressed how important it is to get the maximum three points in games, adding that the three points United got over West Ham should be a motivation for subsequent games.
“Very happy today and a very big game against an opponent who are very tight with us at the moment, so we needed to get the win,” the winger said.
“You might not see it now but, come to the end of the season, three points can be the difference between being in or out of the top four.
“I’m pleased we managed to get them today and we have to use that as motivation.”
Manchester United’s top-four spot is not guaranteed yet
Though Manchester United have successfully displaced West Ham United in the top four, their current position is not guaranteed yet. Clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and even West Ham United can still overtake them.
Based on the games in hand Arsenal and Spurs have, the two clubs stand a great chance of displacing United in the top four.
Currently, Tottenham Hotspur are sitting on the 6th spot with 36 points in 19 games. This means that if Spurs win their three outstanding games, they will overthrow United.
In the same vein, Arsenal are sitting on the 7th spot with 35 points in 20 games. They also have a big chance of overthrowing United if they win their two outstanding games.