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Marcus Rashford staking a claim for top accolades

In bagging his 22nd goal of the season against Barcelona in the Europa League, Marcus Rashford continued his outstanding form so far this term for Manchester United.

Being rejuvenated under manager Erik ten Hag this season, Rashford has emerged as a contender for the PFA Player of the Year, an outsider for the Premier League Golden Boot and even a potential Ballon d’Or winner. 

Rashford enjoying his football once again 

After struggling for form last season under Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford, Rashford seems to have a new lease of life with United in this current campaign. 

The Red Devils have relied heavily on his goals, with the England international scoring 12 in his first 23 appearances of the Premier League campaign. 

Midfielder Bruno Fernandes is the second highest goalscorer at the club in the league, with five. Rashford, who is 100/1 to win the Golden Boot, currently finds himself in fourth in the Premier League goalscoring standings, with Manchester City’s Erling Haaland leading the way with 26.  

The United star does have plenty of ground to make up on Haaland, but injuries and form will play a role in deciding who collects the Golden Boot come the end of the season. In the Top Goalscorer Without Erling Braut Haaland market, Rashford is 10/1 to finish top of the pile.  

Rashford to score 25 or more Goals in the Premier League this season is also available at 6/1.

A contender for PFA Player of the Year 

With his performances and goals putting United in the mix for the Premier League title this season, it’s no surprise to see the 25-year-old being mentioned in the talk of the PFA Player of the Year. 

Once again there is stiff competition, with summer arrival Haaland again the favourite to scoop the prize in his first season in England at 4/7.  

Whichever club wins the title is likely to have a bearing on who claims the individual accolade. If City retain the Premier League, then Haaland will be tough to top considering his goals, while if Arsenal finish top, 5/1 chance Martin Odegaard could be given the honour.  

United have ground to make up in the title race, but if Rashford’s goals take the Red Devils to their first title since 2013, the current 10/1 shot will have given himself a great chance to scoop the PFA Player of the Year. 

A contender for the Ballon d’Or? 

When it comes to competition for individual accolades it doesn’t get any tougher than winning the Ballon d’Or. 

After finally guiding Argentina to World Cup glory last year, Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi will be tough to beat this time around. 

bet365’s Steve Freeth has been impressed with Rashford’s progress this season, but feels he would need to do plenty more to deny Messi the Ballon d’Or this time around. 

Freeth said: “Rashford will probably have to continue scoring for quite a while yet to displace Lionel Messi at the top of the Ballon d’Or betting after the World Cup he had, but the fact he’s being talked about in the same breath as the mercurial Argentine is testament to the form he’s in right now.” 

Rashford can only keep doing what he’s doing to give himself a shot at these individual prizes but his focus is most likely set to be on bringing silverware to United. The Red Devils are 18/1 to win the Premier League title this season, while they are 6/1 to win the Europa League.

Rashford’s first opportunity to get his hands on a trophy this season comes in the EFL Cup, with the Red Devils taking on Newcastle United at Wembley on Sunday 26th February. 

United are 13/10 to win in the 90 minutes, with the draw at 23/10 and a Newcastle victory at 21/10

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