What impact did Rashford have on the defense.
by ANNTOSTAL (2023-01-16 11:51:28)

In reply to: Here's the problem  posted by wcnitz

Thanks for that response.

If you mean that, absent Rashford, the pass would not have been made, I might agree with that, but don’t see its relevance.

If you mean the defense would have stopped the play absent Rashford’s presence, I think the very helpful photo disproves that. Indeed, I think his presence had no discernible impact on how the defense reacted. This is an easier case than the play, also not OS, where the GK noticeably shifts to cover a player in OS position, allowing another player a greater opportunity at goal.