Ian Wright insists he is “very pleased” to see Marcus Rashford in the goals again and says the Manchester United striker looks “born again” under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Rashford was one of several United players to struggle last season and the 24-year-old even considered leaving his boyhood club after being left out of the team by interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
However, the England international has flourished this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists in six games.
Rashford scored twice as United beat Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday and Gunners legend Wright admits he couldn’t begrudge the youngster the brace after a difficult period in his career.
Speaking on the Ringer FC podcast, Wright said: “I was really happy for Rashford because – it was the same as the Liverpool game – he’s another of those players who everything he does is quite defining.
“In case he misses that [first goal], it goes back to that place of real negativity. But what I’ve seen from him so far, especially with the last two goals he’s scored, is someone who thinks ‘if I go through, I’ll score’.
“I can’t complain about that because Arsenal went there with the right attitude.
“If you look at Manchester United, in the current climate, you don’t want those players to be given confidence.
“But Rashford looks newborn, he’s putting the pot on the fire because he’s ready to cook. In this case [running through on goal]he looks unstoppable.
“The only thing that will stop him is if the pass isn’t good enough or his touch isn’t good enough.
“Both finishers got a little clip from someone, but he’s lucky now. He’s damn dangerous at his pace.’
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane also praised Rashford after the Red Devils ended Arsenal’s 100 per cent start to the season.
When asked what the difference was in Rashford’s performance on Sunday, Keane told Sky Sports: “Hunger, desire, the skills, the decision making, the stretching of the teams.
“He’s had a full pre-season with the club, different [from] last summer. Now he looks reassured, he’s happy in his attitude and with Marcus around he’s a handful.
“You don’t want to play him because he’s causing problems. When he stretches teams, he’s a good player.
‘Today he was outstanding, it was an absolutely brilliant performance. And I’ve been hard on him for the past year or two. He needs to be more consistent but fantastic today.”
Rashford, meanwhile, was delighted to help Manchester United claim a fourth straight win and climb up to fifth in the Premier League table after a dismal start to the season.
“It was a tremendous game,” said Rashford. “They had such a good start to the season and it was a big test for us today.
“We showed ourselves, we rose to the challenge and we can all be proud of ourselves today. I thought it was an even game. There were big gaps in the first half, but we didn’t manage to exploit them.
“But in the second half we managed to use the space and that made the difference.”
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