Marcus Rashford has perhaps been the least electric of Manchester United’s devastating front three since the restart last month.
The England forward is yet to score from open play, but did take his tally to 20 for the season in all competitions with his penalty against Bournemouth last week.
Rashford hasn’t completely hit the ground running since his return from a long-term back injury, but his lack of ruthlessness in front of goal has not been to United’s detriment.
Anthony Martial has netted a hat-trick, Bruno Fernandes can’t stop scoring and Mason Greenwood is in the form of his fledgling career.
But what is perhaps going unnoticed about Rashford, who admittedly has not been as prolific, is the influence he is having in other areas.
Some United fans have noticed that Rashford is becoming more content at turning provider, often dropping deep or holding his run in order to feed his teammates in behind.
RedArmyBrasil’s twitter page claims that the 22-year-old has the second most passes into the opposition box since the restart, behind only Kevin De Bruyne.
Rashford’s vision and weight of pass is not gaining the credit it deserves; his work on the left-channel involves facilitating Luke Shaw on the overlap and Martial up front as well as taking on his opposite number.
His passing has been the most marked improvement we have seen in his game since the restart and he is helping United become more varied and accurate in attacking transition.
Whether this is a conscious effort from Rashford on the instructions from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer we are unsure, but he is adding an extra dimension to United’s attack acting as another playmaker.
See the footage of Rashford below, courtesy of Sky Sports and BBC Sport:
This is an interesting theory. Basically that Marcus Rashford is morphing into a playmaker without anyone really noticing https://t.co/NiM4SiiJzL
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 10, 2020