Kyle Walker of Manchester City has expressed the importance of vigilance in handling Marcus Rashford from Manchester United, despite Rashford’s current season not reflecting his usual high scoring numbers.
Rashford, having scored 30 goals in the previous season for United, has found the back of the net only once in his 12 appearances for the club this term. Nevertheless, he demonstrated his goal-scoring abilities alongside Walker for England in a crucial victory against Italy at Wembley earlier this month.
The Manchester derby, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM, will see Walker and Rashford on opposing sides, despite their international camaraderie. Walker, as a defender for City, will be closely monitoring Rashford throughout this Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
In a pre-match statement, Walker highlighted the consistent threat Rashford has posed to teams, both domestically and internationally, since his teenage years. He acknowledged Rashford’s capability to create challenges for any team and emphasized the need for readiness ahead of the weekend match.
Despite Rashford’s decisive goal in last season’s Old Trafford face-off, where there were debates about a potential offside, Walker maintained that City holds no resentment. He stressed the importance of looking forward and focusing on the bigger picture, recalling City’s treble win after their loss at Old Trafford.
Walker emphasized the significance of the upcoming game, not just in terms of rivalry, but also in the context of their Premier League ambitions. He expressed his desire for victory to give something back to the fans and concluded with a reminder of City’s recent successful encounters against United.