Manchester United legend Pat Crerand is backing fit-again Marcus Rashford to make an impact following his return from injury.

After being sidelined since July because of a shoulder injury, Rashford, who scored 21 goals in all competitions for United last season, marked his return with a bang on Saturday, scoring the Reds' second goal in their 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

Latching onto Victor Lindelof's long-ball forward, the England international spun away from the Leicester defence and fired a fearsome effort past Foxes' goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Considering he had only stepped off the bench to make his long-awaited return just 17 minutes earlier, the attacker could not have dreamt of a better impact.

Although it was not enough to stop United from suffering a second defeat in their last three Premier League games, getting back in the side and amongst the goals will have done both him and the Reds the world of good.

Crerand, who won six major trophies during his time at the club, is tipping the Reds academy graduate help the club moving forward.

"It’s terrific to have Marcus back and, hopefully, he’ll be on the bench at least (against Atalanta). Every game is so important over the next few weeks that he’ll be desperate to get involved as soon as possible," Crerand said, penning his latest column for United Review.

"He’d been doing so well, Marcus, and there’s nothing worse than getting an injury when things are going well for you. Some players do look fresher when they come back from injury.

"I always love it when people say footballers ‘get to have a rest’ – they don’t want a rest! But it can help. It’s your mind you need to rest, rather than your fitness standard, really.

"You’re under pressure every game you play at Manchester United. I don’t think people realise the pressure of playing for this club. If you’re injured, you’re out of that pressure for a while. Hopefully, Marcus will benefit from that mental break.

"We have a lot of big games coming up, and you need all your big players fit for them because you have to win these games if you want to win things, as we do here at United."

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