Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have both been in the same side since Rashford’s debut season in Louis Van Gaal’s final campaign at the helm. They have developed together and have evolved into different positions throughout this time. Rashford initially broke through as a striker, before Jose put him out wide. Ole has played the Englishman in both positions.
Meanwhile, Martial has not been the key component of United through the middle since first signing for the club. Hence, Rashford’s new wing role and Martial’s new striker role is an evolution or revolution of their roles.
All this being said, there has been a debate on social media and the sphere of Manchester United for many years about which forward is better. There even feels like there are factions within the fanbase, shooting down their lesser favourite player in order to suit their own agenda.
It is a strange idea to me, how fans can gloat at their fellow fans over how their own club’s player is better than their teammate. Actively wanting to be proved right. Yet, it has been prevalent for years now and the arguments still pop up from time to time.
Martial and Rashford footballing wise are not even comparable. Martial suits the number nine role with his ever improving hold-up player and a seemingly lowered pace since his niggling injuries. This means he can be closer to the goal and be able to use his clinical finishing to greater effect. Meanwhile, Rashford from the left is a dynamic force, especially since his upturn of form. He has so much swagger and confidence at the minute and United are reaping the rewards of that.
Furthermore, Rashford and Martial seem to get on very well, both on and off the pitch. They are often seen posting to each other on social media. And when the pair are playing, they have a brilliant understanding. Martial drops deep and Rashford can get behind him with his guile and pace. Also, Rashford has the technique allowing him to feed Martial and so is a creative entity too.
Thus, you cannot compare players who perform two vastly different functions for our beloved club. Even if they performed the same function, it seems strange to me to pick lumps out of the other ‘side’ when we are all ultimately hoping United succeed!