Marcus Rashford has opened up about his special relationship with new signing Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, noting that the pair clicked from day one.
The chemistry between the two became clear on the opening day of the season, with Rashford, deployed on the left hand side, pulling defenders across the pitch and giving Lukaku space to inflict damage. The opening goal against West Ham United was a crystalline example: a powerful run down the middle from the teenager, a slight turn, and a perfect ball for the Belgian to pounce on and lash home.
They are fundamentally on the same page: both place emphasis on a direct, physical, bold approach going forward, taking defenders on and preserving the momentum built by Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matix further back. Lukaku has claimed eight goals for club and country since joining United, while Rashford has claimed winning goals for United and England in recent times. When pitted together, supporters witness the a kind of attacking thrust – an element of ruthlessness – that has eluded their side’s play too often over the last few years.
Speaking to MUTV, Rashford was quick to enthuse about the innately fluid bond he shares with Lukaku on the pitch.
“It’s just clicked, we’ve got that understanding,” he said.
“We’d never met before his arrival, and we didn’t know what each other were like, but when we got on the pitch together we just knew where each other was.
“Hopefully we can keep growing the relationship more and more. Obviously it’s only in the early stages, and the better we get at playing together, the better the results will be for the team
“It would be great if we could be like them [Yorke and Cole]. But the most important thing is for us to work for the team together.”