Legendary Manchester United left winger Ryan Giggs crossed the blue half of Manchester to the red half as he joined the Manchester United academy in 1987 before signing his first professional contract on December 1 1990.
The Welsh wing wizard made his debut for Manchester United in 1991 and went on to feature 963 times for the club, scoring 168 goals over the course of 24 years. He won 34 trophies -13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues, one European Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and nine Charity/Community Shields, making him the most decorated player in English football.
His retirement in 2014 left a huge void at left wing. Several players have been signed to take up his position, but with no little or no success. The likes of Adnan Januzaj, Memphis Depay, Alexis Sanchez and even Wilfried Zaha all failed to impress.
Manchester United have now finally replaced Giggs without actually spending any dime in the transfer market – step forward Marcus Rashford. The England international burst onto the scene in scintillating fashion after on his debut scoring a brace in our Europa League game against FC Midtjylland while playing as a striker but has now transformed into a brilliant left winger in recent years, especially this season.
Rashford has impressed as a left winger this season with Anthony Martial playing as the centre forward and he has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, his personal best in a season. He is also the club’s leading goalscorer despite playing from the left wing.
He definitely would have scored more goals had his season not be curtailed by a back injury but he is now fit and raring to go ahead of our first game against Tottenham following the restart of the Premier League.
The legendary Ryan Giggs will be proud of what Rashford is doing at the left wing for Manchester United this season. While some see his future in the middle, I honestly do prefer Rashford from the left wing with the freedom to cut in.
Maybe he also reminds me of another legendary Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo.