The England international was at his best against Jose Mourniho’s Tottenham, scoring either side of the break to give United the win.
A run of poor performances stretching from end of September to October, raised question marks on the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. Manchester United were consigned to two defeats and four draws.
The forward line were failing to get the Red Devils over the line. Anthony Martial was missing. Daniel James still adjusting. Leaving Marcus Rashford on his own.
Mason Greenwood’s introduction lightened his burden but it was not enough.
Rashford had to rise to the occasion. And he did it in style.
With the 22 year old on song, United have put their odd run of form behind. In their last ten games, Rashford’s goals have allowed the Red Devils to win six and draw two. Propelling them to the top half of the Premier League table.
Dribbles, trickery and goals
The pacy forward has contributed across the pitch, scoring goals and laying down assists. In the twenty matches he has played this campaign, Rashford has accumulated 12 goals and four assists in all competitions.
While Jose Mourinho would have wanted to make it four wins in four at the helm of Tottenham, Rashford had other ideas. And it was against his old mentor that the academy graduate probably had his best night of the season.
His two goals were a just reward for his efforts on the night. He was unplayable and Spurs defenders would attest to it.
Davinson Sanchez was caught napping by the forward. So was Toby Alderweireld. And Serge Aurier had no answer for him when he took his flank.
Had Paulo Gazzaniga not tip his long-range shot against the crossbar, Rashford would have put the result beyond doubt in the first thirty minutes. However, he would have to wait until after the break to get on the score sheet again.
His tally on the night takes him to 9 goals in United’s last 10 fixtures. With the double against Tottenham being especially sweet. And his post-match tweet revealed his emotions.
Not only did the Red Devils take European slots for the first time in the league. Moreover, they got one over the Special One, who is back to being enemy number 1 after two and a half years at Old Trafford.
For Marcus Rashford, he needs to keep his head down and continue. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job depends on it. Manchester United need him.