“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”- Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
It is an important task for a sportsperson to respect their opponent and gauge the skillset against which they’ll be competing. In such a case, it is no flaw to admire those that excel in the field.
In fact, young players could certainly benefit from such a task, as it would go a long way in molding their own abilities going forward. Marcus Rashford imbibes such a quality quite well, as illustrated in a recent interview.
The Mancunian lad replied by stating the following: “I think probably the most all-round centre forward is Sergio Aguero. Even on an off day, he can score you three of four goals. That, for me, is one trait of a centre forward that I would take all day long.”
He went on to add: “When you’re not having a good game, but you’re still scoring goals, that is a skill on its own.”
Rashford has flourished quite well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the youngster enjoying his highest-scoring season in a United jersey. What is remarkable is that he is still represented in the U-21 slot on Manchester United’s official roster.
Speaking about the risks of attacking football, Rashford adds: “He [Solskjaer] has come in and the first thing he was going on to us all about was playing forward, and playing forward when you see the pass.
“When the other team have the ball, we have one eye on our defensive duties, but then another eye is on finding space if we win it back. I’d say that’s been the biggest change, and it’s risky, but it’s worth the risk if it pays off.”