Marcus Rashford, Casemiro or Bruno Fernandes are major contributors to helping Man United firmly build a position in the top 4 of the Premier League 2022/23.
Recently, Casemiro scored to open a 4-1 victory for MU over Chelsea, thereby officially having tickets to the Champions League. In his first season playing in the foggy country, Casemiro scored 4 goals and had 3 assists in the Premier League. An impressive achievement.
The former Real Madrid midfielder also contributed to better protecting the MU defense. According to the Guardian, MU received only 0.91 goals conceded per game when Casemiro played in the Premier League. This number increases to 1.5 times / game when he is absent. Casemiro really raised the midfield “Red Devils” despite sitting out 8 games due to suspension.
2. Marcus Rashford
Last season, Marcus Rashford scored only 5 goals in all competitions last season. However, coach Erik ten Hag still believes in the England international: “In August or September, I confirm and think that the team has a player capable of scoring 20 goals a season, which is Rashford.” With a goal against Chelsea, Rashford reached 30 goals this season.
Up to now, the mature striker from the Carrington furnace also has 11 more assists. According to Opta, Rashford is the only MU player to reach 30 goals a season since Robin van Persie did this in the 2012/13 season.
3. Bruno Fernandes
7 goals, 8 assists is not considered the best achievement of Bruno Fernandes in a season in the Premier League. The Portuguese midfielder lacked a bit of luck as he had the most shots on the post, the crossbar (5) and created the most scoring opportunities (35) but only had so many goals and assists at Premier League this season.
“Fernandes is the best player MU after Sir Alex Ferguson,” Goal said. In the Premier League this season, Fernandes has also made more passes to create chances than any other player. The creation of “number 8” is the lifeblood of MU. If the “Red Devils” have a striker who shares the burden of scoring with Rashford, Fernandes’ achievement may be even more outstanding.
4. Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw spent a brilliant 2020/21 season with MU and with England reached the final of EURO 2020. However, he was sᴜddenly only his shadow compared to before. However, the former Southampton star returned strongly under the direction of coach Erik ten Hag.
Shaw proved capable despite having to compete with rookie Tyrell Malacia for the main kick on the left wing of MU. When there was a shortage of central defenders, coach Ten Hag also pulled Shaw into the middle instead of putting his trust in Harry Maguire. In 11 times Shaw started in the central position, the “Red Devils” kept 5 clean sheets and lost only 2 matches, all with the score 0-1.
5. Lisandro Martinez
Lisandro Martinez is an important material in the journey to regain the position of MU under coach Erik ten Hag. The Dutch strategist knows how to take advantage of the strength of Martinez’s ability to launch ɑttacks and play to improve the defense for the “Red Devils”.
It didn’t take long for the rookie from Ajax to become an important factor in helping MU improve their defense and move to the ball from the bottom line. He built the necessary chemistry and stability with Raphael Varane. In the context of low performance of the ɑttack, receiving few goals is a factor that helps MU have tickets to the Champions League.