After making hard work of it during the last two games, Manchester United scored the first goal against Liverpool, before quickly adding a second; putting them in complete control.
The strikes both came courtesy of Marcus Rashford, who enjoyed his first Premier League start since Boxing Day. From minute one he was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side, and what a brilliant performance from the young man from Wythenshawe.
Rashford wasn’t alone, either. You also have Scott McTominay who’s been making a real name for himself lately. He bossed the midfield throughout, almost single-handedly at times, and his overall performance was a sheer joy to watch.
It was these two players that manager Jose Mourinho singled out for praise following the 2-1 victory over Liverpool:
“Marcus Rashford and McTominay – one scored two goals, special for a kid who feels the shirt in a special way because he was born here.” Mourinho told reporters, per the Evening Standard.
“McTominay played with such class and maturity.
“He really impressed me because the crowd can push with their hearts and even when they were pushing him to do the wrong thing, he did the right thing.”
Watching United academy products playing at the highest level is a real thing of beauty, but when there’s two of them putting in world-class performances against your biggest rivals, it’s just wonderful.
That’s what makes Manchester United such a special football club. When Mourinho took charge, I had my doubts about whether the youth development would be stunted, when in fact, it’s probably grown even more.
Don’t be surprised to see it go even further next season too, as Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira have both flourished while on loan, and who knows, they could be in Mourinho’s plans in the not too distant future…