Manchester United has missed Marcus Rashford due to a surgery he went through a few months ago after injuring his shoulder. After undergoing surgery and weeks of rehabilitation, Rashford is nearing making a comeback for Manchester United.
In as much as Manchester United will benefit from Rashford's return, some Manchester United players will be worried because the return of Rashford could mean that they will spend more time on the bench. Let us take a look at 4 Manchester United forward players who could be affected by the return of Marcus Rashford from injury.
Mason Greenwood has been one of the brightest players in Manchester United this season. His eye-catching dribbling skills and ability to score goals are some of his talents. However, as Rashford has returned, Greenwood is one of the players whose position in the team could be affected.
Rashford could play as the main striker, however, the presence of Ronaldo and Cavani means that Rashford can't play as the main striker. Rashford is one of Manchester United's finest and his position in the team is guaranteed. Rashford might be drafted into the right-wing position which means that Greenwood will have to sit on the bench more often.
2. Jadon Sancho
Manchester United spent more than £70 million to sign Sancho from Dortmund in the last summer transfer window. Sancho has shown signs of his brilliance, however, with the return of Rashford, Sancho's time on the pitch might become limited. Rashford is Manchester United's first son and it is almost 100 percent certain that the likes of Greenwood, Sancho, and Martial can stop him from playing regular football in Manchester United.
If Solskjaer decides to keep on playing Greenwood, then Sancho will be the one who suffers more in the team. Rashford's goalscoring ability, speed, and dedication to Manchester United will always make him the fans favorite player. Sancho has not impressed Manchester United faithful and there will not be much grumbling if Sancho sits on the bench because of Rashford.
3. Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial has been enduring a run of poor performances under Solskjaer. The absence of Rashford in the team allowed Martial to play some games for Manchester United so far. However, the return of Radford could mean that Martial will go back to the bench once more.
Sancho and Greenwood are preferred by Solskjaer instead of Martial. Rashford ranks higher than Greenwood and Sancho in Manchester United. What this means is that with the return of Rashford, Martial will become the fourth-choice winger in Manchester United.
4 Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard enjoyed a wonderful 2020/21 season with West Ham after joining them on loan from Manchester United in January. After a great 6 months, he returned to Manchester United to fight for his place. After returning, Lingard has not been able to play enough games for Manchester United despite making a huge impact anytime he got the chance to play.
As it stands, Lingard is the fifth-choice winger player and he is firmly behind Greenwood, Sancho, Martial. With the return of Rashford, Lingard positioning the team's hierarchy will slide further down. Rashford's return to fitness will bother Lingard not because he wishes Rashford evil, but because his playing time will shrink further.
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