Marcus Rashford was one of the few bright spots in England’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica last night. England played the side at Elland Road, in Leeds - spit - for reasons which are not entirely clear. However, Rashford played well on the left hand side, a mix between winger and striker, and showed some clever touches, and no little ambition. He was a different player from his usual showing at United, and he and Jose Mourinho will need to resolve that next season. A potentially fine player, he might come good if United are able to hit the ground running at the start of next season.
There was some praise for Rashford after the match, and there was one claim that he was exactly what the England side need. A good tournament for him could spark him back into life.
Fred is already an injury worry. He hurt his ankle after Casemiro’s rough tackle on him went wrong. He’ll be examined closer today to see what the prognosis is, but there doesn’t appear to be any huge alarm over what is a blow to his ankle or achilles. Nevertheless, he’s showing what we expect from United players already.
Despite Manchester United currently having to choose from Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Ashley Young on the left of defence, Mourinho has decided that signing a left-back is no priority. Instead, United are interested in a back-up striker to Romelu Lukaku, which makes you wonder what Anthony Martial and Rashford are for. Marko Arnautovic and Mario Mandzukic are mentioned as possible understudies.
Douglas Costa has made his transfer to Juventus permanent, so it looks unlikely that United will be able to get him away from Italy this summer, at least, despite rumours of interest. Maybe we’ll actually buy a central defender.