Manchester United in form attacking midfielder, Bruno Fernandes believes that out of form Marcus Rashford deserves more credit for his amazing teamwork despite his goal drought.
Rashford scored his 20th goal for the season in all competitions when he stroked home a penalty in the 5-2 Premier League win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
The England International who just returned back from a longterm injury has not been able to find the back of the net from open play since the Premier League returned last month.
However, Fernandes finds it easy scoring goals for the Red Devils and making them strong contenders for the champions league spot – a form which has helped him to win the Premier League Player of the Month award for the second time in a row.
The Portuguese star insists that despite Rashford lack of goals, he has been very instrumental in the club’s 17 matches unbeaten run in all competition.
Speaking to United’s website ahead of Monday’s game against Southampton, Fernandes said:
“I think everyone is talking about Marcus not scoring a lot of goals but he is doing an amazing job.“The game he is playing now, maybe he is not achieving his goals and everything but, with everything we are doing now, he will achieve more goals and more assists. In the games, in the complete football, because football is not just about goals and assists, it is about the team and Marcus is playing very well for the team.“I hope Marcus can find more goals because he deserves it for the work he is doing for the team, and nobody sees it because everyone sees the goals and who scores and assists. The work he is doing for the team is amazing.“Marcus was injured for a long time so it’s difficult to find that confidence again, to do things like shoot from far out. But he is doing an amazing job for the group and I think he deserves credit for this.”
Fernandes also discussed Rashford’s contribution in the swift counter-attack against Brighton and Hove Albion that led to his volley in United’s 3-0 away win.
“The play we did, the way we came to score, means it’s one of the best goals from a team [perspective] that I’ve scored,” he said.“That’s because of all the teamwork. We won the ball with the header from H [Harry Maguire], Nemanja [Matic] takes the ball and Mason [Greenwood] did an amazing run but, at that moment, Rashy did a perfect run. He was one of the far [off] guys but comes so fast to the goal that defenders know if they give him space, he will score.“So maybe he [the defender] closes him down being closer to the ball and, when the cross comes over, and it was a great ball by Mason, after that I just need to score the goal.”