Few players have benefited more from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment than Marcus Rashford and the Manchester United forward has been in brilliant form.
Rashford played regularly under Jose Mourinho but the manager often criticised his finishing while Solskjaer has been very supportive of the 22-year-old.
We’ve compared some of Rashford’s stats under Solskjaer to those he recorded under Mourinho at United to see where he has improved.
Rashford made 81 Premier League appearances and managed 4363 minutes under Mourinho, more than any other outfield player for United.
However, the 22-year-old scored just 15 goals and got 11 assists in that time. That’s a goal every 290.8 minutes and an assist every 396.6 minutes – equating to a goal or assist every 167.8 minutes.
Rashford has made only 34 league appearances under Solskjaer so far, but he has played a much more prominent role under the new manager and has played for 2804 minutes.
The difference in Rashford’s productivity under the Norwegian is there for all to see and the forward has got 16 goals and 5 assists in the league for United since Mourinho was sacked.
That’s a goal every 175.2 minutes but an assist every 560.8 minutes, so he gets one or the other every 133.5 minutes.
Marcus Rashford absolutely *loves* the big games…
And Manchester City play against him next. 😏 pic.twitter.com/nA4lvyKNlk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 4, 2019
To look at some of the finer details of Rashford’s game, we’ve taken a look at his final full Premier League season under Mourinho (2017-18) and compared that to his form this season under Solskjaer.
The English international’s improved record in front of goal might have something to do with the fact that he is attempting far more shots under Solskjaer,
In 2017-18 he averaged 1.7 shots per game but that has nearly doubled this season as that record is 3.2 shots per game this campaign.
Surprisingly, Rashford actually completed more dribbles under Mourinho in 2017-18 (2.2 per 90 minutes) than he has under Solskjaer this season (2.1 per 90 minutes).
Mourinho was heavily criticised for making United’s wingers do a lot of work in their own half, but Rashford’s defensive productivity hasn’t really changed under Solskjaer.
Rashford averaged 0.4 interceptions per 90 minutes under the Portuguese in 2017-18 and that figure is at 0.3 this season. The winger also made 0.7 tackles per 90 minutes for Mourinho and that has improved slightly to 0.8.
Rashford’s passing has got slightly worse under the Norwegian, completing on average 76.1% of his passes this season in comparison to 78.3% in Mourinho’s last full season at the helm.
However, the 22-year-old is now a lot more effective with his passes, and he has made 1.3 key passes per game so far in 2019-20. In comparison, Rashford only made 0.6 key passes per game in 2017-18.
Also, Rashford is attempting a lot more passes under Solskjaer and the winger now makes an average of 25.1 passes per game which is a lot more than the 16.5 passer per game under Mourinho.