Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has been a key figure behind the club’s successes this season and looks capable of challenging for the Premier League’s Golden Boot next term.
After there were some doubters from pundits and the press leading into this season on Rashford’s long-term future at Old Trafford, the England international has since silenced those critics and looks capable of improving even further in the 2023/24 campaign.
Rashford a revelation after the World Cup
Rashford was simply sublime after the 2022 World Cup as the Three Lions star hit the ground running after the major tournament. England skipper Harry Kane, who is 13/1 in a bet on the EPL top goalscorer this season, managed to score two goals in Qatar but Rashford was his country’s top scorer in the Middle East with three. The Red Devils ace was then able to take that form back to his club and went on a scintillating run that saw him score 16 goals in his first 17 appearances for United after the World Cup.
Earning the praise of manager Erik ten Hag on countless occasions during that hot streak, Rashford silenced his previous doubters and proved he can be a consistent attacking threat at the highest level. The United Academy product bagged 29 goals and provided a further 11 assists in his first 53 appearances of the season before a leg injury stalled his good form. Picking up a knock in the build up to United’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-May, Ten Hag will be hoping his star forward makes a swift recovery before the end of the campaign.
A Foundation To Build On For Next Season
Having rediscovered his scoring form this term, Rashford now has a foundation to build on as United hope to make themselves serious Premier League title challengers next season. The Red Devils’ focus has been on trying to secure Champions League football for next term after it was clear earlier on in the season they would not be able to keep pace with frontrunners Manchester City and Arsenal.
Now settled under Ten Hag, who himself had to adapt to the standard of the Premier League after his big move from Ajax, United will be eager to put themselves firmly in the title race next season and Rashford can play a key role in that aim. The talented forward scored more Premier League goals this season than he did in his last two top-flight campaigns combined and at the age of 25 it looks like he still has his best years ahead of him.
Rashford has shown great character and determination to return to the form he enjoyed when he burst onto the scene in the 2015/16 season. With a standard now to build on, it’s exciting to see what Rashford can achieve next term and if he can deliver an individual goal of winning the coveted Premier League Golden Boot in 2023/24. Of course, with a goal per game ratio in the Premier League this season of 0.52 and a total of 16 goals, Rashford has a way to go to match this season’s sensation, Erling Haaland, who has a goal per game ratio of 1.21 and 36 goals.