Manchester United and Barcelona will face off in the second leg of the Europa League on Thursday.
Marcus Rashford is key to United’s plans. His form has made him one of Europe’s most feared players.
Barcelona manager Xavi is struggling to come up with a plan to stop the British player, as reported by the Spanish media outlet Sport.
Rashford stood out in the first leg last week.
Barca scored two goals and went to Old Trafford in perfect balance.
Xavi knows that if he can’t stop Rashford, his team’s European adventure will likely end next season.
Rashford’s ability to switch positions and occupy defenders across the back line is giving the Barcelona manager sleepless nights.
The United man was a constant threat at the Camp Nou and Barça couldn’t handle him from start to finish.
Rashford’s pace and power are the main threats to Xavi’s men, whether he starts centrally as the ‘number 9’ or wide from the left.
Rashford is equally adept at both positions, with Ten Hag offering flexible options on his front line.
Wout Weghorst has slumped into the ‘number 10’ role in recent matches, allowing Rashford to run space back in the middle, Bruno Fernandes occupying half space from the right, and Alejandro Garnacho or Jadon Sancho from the left. provide a threat.
Ten Hag also has the option to start Weghorst in his true ‘number nine’ role, with Rashford starting wide to take advantage of his blistering pace.
With 24 goals and nine assists this season, Rashford has his life in shape and is playing at the perfect time for United with a big game on the horizon.
With a win over Barca, United have a chance to head to Wembley on Sunday with confidence and end a six-year trophy drought with Newcastle.