Rio Ferdinand has compared Marcus Rashford’s performance against Arsenal to that of former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez.
Rashford provided the assist for Antony’s debut goal before scoring twice in the second half as United sealed a 3-1 win over the Gunners at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag welcomed the 24-year-old’s role in putting pressure on Mikel Arteta’s side on Sunday, with former United captain Roy Keane highlighting his “hunger and desire” for his energetic performance, which also impressed Ferdinand.
Rashford endured a sad 2021-22 season that saw his future at United put to the test, but Ferdinand believes the striker has started to discover his form after going ‘back to basics’ and making comparisons with his former teammate Tevez has drawn.
“Marcus Rashford today, an assist and two goals and Marcus Rashford still looking for that supreme confidence that he has burst into the spotlight,” Ferdinand told FIVE.
“I think the catalyst for that [his performance], is that he went back to basics. And that’s what we asked for.
“He went back to basics. He runs around and puts balls into the keeper and things like that remind me and bring me back to Carlos Tevez a bit.
“He was like a player who took fans off the pitch for things like that. Got the crowd going, created atmosphere, made the other players on the team think, ‘Right, we have to go too.’
“And if he can keep that in his game, then the other elements that he has come in: the quality of running behind teams and scaring teams, and then finishing or putting chances on a plate for others, that’s when they come.
“But you have to do the hard stuff first. The things you probably don’t feel rewarded for first, and then the reward comes later.
“That’s why I’m happy for Marcus. I’m so happy. And how can we talk about this without even talking about Antony, the new vocals come in and bang in. Antony walks in, massive signatures. He couldn’t have asked for a better start with one goal.
Rashford has now scored three goals and provided two assists this season.
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