Manchester United star silences ‘sell him’ noise as Neville hails turnaround after World Cup brace

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford of Man Utd

Gary Neville feels Marcus Rashford has silenced talk that Manchester United should “sell him”, as he bagged a World Cup brace against Wales.

Rashford’s form left a lot to be desired last season. The United man scored just five goals and provided two assists in 32 games in all competitions.

That he was out of sorts was clear for much of the campaign. Indeed, on form, he has shown he can be one of the best players in the Premier League.

A tally of 17 Premier League goals and nine assists in his most productive season in 2019/20 highlighted that.

This season at United, under Erik ten Hag, the Englishman appears to be back to his best. Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 games this season.

His best outing in a United shirt was in their 3-1 win over league leaders Arsenal in September – the only league game the Gunners have lost so far this season.

Rashford had a hand in each of United’s goals, assisting the first and scoring both the second and third.

It is not just at club level that there has been a clear resurgence in his form.

Neville hails Rashford turnaround; references sale talk

Indeed, the United ace is currently the joint-top goalscorer at the World Cup, with three goals. His first came just after he was subbed on against Iran in England’s opener.

It was his second and third that have got pundits raving about him, though. Indeed, former United man Neville hailed his brace against Wales, which helped England to top the group.

Neville believes Rashford has silenced the noise that United should sell him.

“When you think of where Marcus Rashford has come from a year or so ago,” he told ITV Sport.

“Quite a lot of people were saying Manchester United should sell him.

“He had a lot of things going on outside of football. I think he has simplified it all. His distractions have gone and he is enjoying his football again.”

A few sides were linked with moves for the United striker over the summer. The view from a lot of people was that he was not good enough to play for the club anymore.

However, a lot of the noise around Rashford of late has been positive. He looks like a man who is enjoying playing football, and both United and England have enjoyed the benefits of that.

It now seems like there would be almost no chance United would let him go. Not only because of his own form, but there are less options up top following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

At present, club form will be the least of Rashford’s concerns. He might well have played his way into England’s starting lineup for the rest of the World Cup.

His performances could be a major factor in how far the Three Lions go.

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