Rashford beats Iheanacho to prestigious award, ‘Benni cooking him well’

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Marcus Rashford pipped Kelechi Iheanacho to the Premier League Player of the Month award on Friday.

Marcus Rashford was named Premier League Player of the Month for February on Friday, in acknowledgement of his remarkable performances in the top flight.

Admittedly, it’s all gone wrong this month with Manchester United’s 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool, but Rashford was always going to be a contender for the award following his performances in February.

Some may argue, however, that Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho deserved the award following his exploits for LeicesterCity, while others have argued that Benni McCarthy—as well as Rashford—should have been honoured!

  1. Benni’s got him cooking

    Benni’s got him cooking

    @Bravo_rats was one of several supporters to attribute Rashford’s success to Manchester United’s attacking coach, Benni McCarthy.

    “[Erik] ten Hag and Benni cooking him well,” he wrote. “Love to see it.”

  2. In the 18 area!

    “Benni’s got Rashy playing in the right area,” wrote Bryan Naicker.

    We know exactly what you mean, sir…!

    “The Benni McCarthy effect,” wrote @IamMbaliZulu.

  3. Benni honoured

    United and Manager of the Month Ten Hag also opted to honour Benni, with the Dutch head coach moving to include all of his coaching staff in the photo to acknowledge the receipt of his award.

    “It’s always a team effort,” a post on United’s official handles read.

  4. Does Iheanacho get miss of the month?

    Does Iheanacho get miss of the month?

    While Iheanacho missed out on the Player of the Month award, he did play an unlikely part in the ‘Save of the Month’ award!

    United’s David De Gea won this gong after a fine stop to deny the Nigerian striker, leading some to quip that the Super Eagle deserves a fresh award of his own.

    “So do they give Iheanacho a Miss of the Month?” asked @SihleNyambosee.

    We hope he wasn’t being serious!

  5. Did he deserve better?

    “Iheanacho robbed,” wrote @LeicesterHonest, clearly unhappy after Rashford was named Player of the Month.

    The likes of @AntonioHS_ and @LzPods agreed with his assessment.

    It’s easy to understand why some may believe Iheanacho deserved better, having enjoyed some excellent form over the last six months.

    He registered two assists and scored once in the 4-2 victory at Aston Villa, before following that up with a goal and an assist in the 4-1 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur.

    Iheanacho also netted in the 2-1 defeat by Blackburn Rovers to end the month in style.