In 2019, Mothercare was placed into administration and closed all their remaining stores in Britain. Thankfully, Marcus Rashford is here to pick up where they left off.
To our international readers unfamiliar with Mothercare, it was a store which sold products for – you guessed it – mothers (and fathers) to look after their children.
Childcare is clearly important to Rashford, given the Manchester United striker spent his summer campaigning for free school meals to continue as well as forming a taskforce to help reduce child poverty.
Brighton defender Ben White is three weeks older than Rashford but is still very much cutting his teeth in the Premier League after successful loan spells in the Football League with Newport, Peterborough and Leeds.
We’re not going to stretch out this metaphor to the extent of suggesting White had Mothercare on his mind when Rashford started running at him in the second half of Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win at the Amex, but that didn’t stop the centre-back buying two of the biggest dummies of the season.
That is absolutely brilliant by Marcus Rashford 🔥
Man Utd's number 🔟 takes things into his own hands after a brilliant ball through by Bruno Fernandes!
Sat the defender down twice… pic.twitter.com/wgEcrFuab1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2020
White was a bona-fide star of Leeds United’s promotion campaign under Marcelo Bielsa last season, so much so the Peacocks made three £20million+ bids for the player in an attempt to make his move permanent, all of which were rejected out of hand by Brighton before he signed a new deal on the south coast.
His composure on the ball and ability to calmly read the game drew comparisons to former Leeds and Manchester United man Rio Ferdinand among the Elland Road faithful, but in just his third Premier League appearance, White was taught by Rashford that he still has a lot to learn.
It’s almost cruel watching the goal back that White had worked so hard to keep up with Rashford’s sprint down the left wing, only to be left on his arse not once but twice by the England international.
White’s afternoon was only made more galling by Bruno Fernandes’ stoppage-time penalty after Brighton had appeared to have snatched a late equaliser through Solly March.
Still, at least White now knows that if he ever has a kid and is short of a dummy, he just needs to give Rashford a ring.