He doesn’t need me to tell him, but this is the perfect time for Marcus Rashford step up.

The 24-year-old can no longer be described as a prospect, or a youngster, for he is potentially a star for both United and England.

But the big problem is that he is no longer a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford, and it’s highly significant that, at such a crucial period with the World Cup in Qatar on the horizon, he didn’t make the last England squad.

Still, the Wythenshawe-born academy product has the class to turn his season on its head.

Betfred make him 4/1 to score the opener against Leicester at Old Trafford this evening – a goal that we all hope will reignite his faltering career. 

Meanwhile, the odds indicate nothing much will change this weekend at the top of the Premier League – and I repeat, I’m not at all regretting paying out to the tune of £750,000 before Christmas on City retaining the title.

Premier League Betting Odds

Liverpool are entertaining lowly Watford ahead of City’s trip to Burnley, who are also battling to avoid the relegation trap door. 

Both the top two are odds-on to pick up three points before the eagerly-awaited Etihad clash that many say will settle the title.

The bottom line is, City are the better team with a much deeper squad of superstar, experienced players.

In the battle for a fourth-placed finish, my beloved Reds are 9/2 with us behind Arsenal and Spurs at 1/2 and 9/4 respectively.

Finally, Everton are far from out of the mire at the bottom of the Premier League, and Frank Lampard’s men are now as short as 9/4 to face relegation into the Championship.

But to be honest, it’s looking like the current bottom three – Norwich (1/100), Watford (1/6) and Burnley (4/7) – will be crashing through the trap door.

Football Betting Odds