Marcus Rashford is overjoyed to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford and hopes the superstar striker will offer “a push” for Manchester United to win trophies. He hopes Ronaldo will win Trophy for United.
On deadline day this year, the Portuguese forward made a stunning return to the red side of Manchester and has since scored five goals in six games across all competitions – the most of any player at the club.
Despite ranking third at United this season in total shots (23), the 36-year-old boasts the most significant conversion percentage (21.74%) of any player at the club who has attempted at least eight attempts.
Rashford hopes Ronaldo will win Trophy for Manchester United
Ronaldo’s finishing and ability to locate dangerous situations remain exceptional, with the striker marginally exceeding his projected goals total of 4.27 – the best mark of any United player by a long shot, with Bruno Fernandes coming in second on 2.44.
Without Ronaldo, United last won a trophy in 2017, when Jose Mourinho won the EFL Cup and Europa League double. They haven’t won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Rashford, on the other hand, feels that having five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo returning might be the impetus the team needs to achieve success.
“It’s a fantastic feeling for me as a player, but also as a supporter of the club,” Rashford told BBC Breakfast.
“It’s always great to have a club legend return to the club. It’s a fantastic feeling to be playing with him again at Old Trafford, and it should give us a boost to start winning more titles.”
Rashford hasn’t played for either club or country since England’s penalty shootout to Italy in the Euro 2020 final due to a shoulder injury.
In 2020-21, the Three Lions star missed just four matches for United, appearing in 57 games in all competitions, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 12.
Rashford’s 4,153 minutes were the 16th-most among outfield players in Europe’s top five divisions last season, trailing only Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4,707).
Rashford made 253 games as a senior United player in his five full seasons, second only to Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva (255).
The 23-year-old, who was recently granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work to combat child poverty, returned to full training at the beginning of October and hoped to be back in action sooner rather than later.
“I wouldn’t say my recuperation is coming to an end because obviously, I have to keep looking after it, but I’m in a lot better physical and emotional place,” Rashford continued.
“Last year was a long season for me; I had this ailment at the end of September, and it progressively grew a little worse, but now I’m completely rid of it, and I feel a lot better physically and psychologically.”