For Marcus Rashford, 2020 has been a better year off the pitch than it has been on it, but with Manchester United finding a decent run of form of late and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men heading into their Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain with some confidence, all eyes are turned on the England international.
Thrown in at the deep end against FC Mitdjylland by Louis Van Gaal what feels like 15 years ago, it’s hard to forget the striker is still only 23.
Already boasting 229 appearances for his childhood club as well as 39 England caps, Rashford could be well on his way to breaking a few records, especially if he starts picking up his goalscoring.
The forward has played Paris Saint-Germain a few times now, breaking their heart on more than one occasion, which is why, alongside his work to provide free meals for children from low-income families during school holidays, Le Parisien dedicate a column to him on Tuesday.
Among the number of people they talked to about Rashford, the French newspaper reached out to former Manchester United striker Louis Saha, who knows the local player well.
He said: “He’s a calm guy who exudes confidence and humility. At 23, he’s already almost the oldest in the squad, one of the leaders. He’s one of the best strikers in Europe. When he’s in the middle, he’s unplayable. His coaches need to put him in ideal conditions, as is the case with Neymar, Messi or Ronaldo”.
It will be up to Thomas Tuchel to keep him quiet on Wednesday, as a loss against Manchester United coupled with RB Leipzig beating Istanbul Basaksehir could place the Ligue 1 champions in a precarious position with just one game to go.