Roy Keane Says Marcus Rashford Is 'Back to His Best' After England Goals

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Marcus Rashford of England celebrates after scoring his first and his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes Marcus Rashford is "back to his best" following his performances for England during the November international break.

Rashford continued his excellent goalscoring form on Sunday when he netted England's third goal in the 4-0 win over Kosovo in UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying. That was after he scored for the Three Lions on Thursday at Wembley Stadium in the 7-0 win over Montenegro.

Speaking on ITV (h/t the United website) following the forward's display, Keane said he thinks Rashford has found his groove again after an inconsistent beginning to the campaign:

"Brilliant, brilliant goal. What a finish. He is back to his best. It was a lovely play, nice and simple. Does it matter about the opposition? Of course it does, because they're getting opportunities, but that was the goal of the night. A lovely finish. Pure quality.

"...The attacking three players you'd have at the minute are [Raheem] Sterling, [Harry] Kane and Rashford. The three of them are outstanding players who cause you all sorts of headaches."

The United Twitter account shared footage of Rashford's goal from Sunday, which he finished with impudence at the end of a counter against Kosovo:

Henry Winter of The Times commented on how much of an influence Rashford had on the game when he came off the bench on Sunday:

Per OptaJoe, the forward joined a select group of United players to reach double figures for goals for England:

The composure Rashford has shown in front of goal for England follows on from some improved displays for United, which in turn were inspired by some good performances for the Three Lions during the previous international break.

After struggling in attack earlier in the campaign, United have started to play with more fluidity and thrust in recent weeks. That's been to Rashford's benefit, as he's been able to have an increased influence in the final third, whether that be operating from the left flank or through the middle.

Football journalist Sam Cunningham put some of the numbers surrounding the 22-year-old into context:

The challenge for Rashford in the months to come will be maintaining these standards for a spell of matches.

In the past, the forward has put together sequences of games where goals have flowed, and as a result, many have tipped him to take his game to the next level. As of yet, he's not been able to do that, albeit he remains in the early stages of his career.

For United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the improvements in Rashford's game will be a welcome sight, and he'll be hoping the forward can continue building ahead of a crucial festive period for the Red Devils, starting with the showdown at Sheffield United on Saturday in the Premier League.  

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