Manchester United Football Club more than earned their three points this afternoon, in a game that was never going to be easy. Jose Mourinho’s squad was decimated with various injuries and suspensions, but the players that he had available went out there and worked hard for the team.
In Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence, Marcus Rashford enjoyed a rare chance to start as the main striker, and it was an opportunity that he has grabbed with both hands with his all-round performances.
At just nineteen, the man from Wythenshawe has been a real menace for opposing defences ever since he broke through into the first-team, and that was evident again this afternoon.
His pace is just frightening and more often than not he makes the right runs and really doesn’t give the opposing defenders a moment’s peace.
Today he was excellent in everything but the end product, and over time that is something that he will improve on. Earlier today, it felt like Twitter was awash with people criticising the young man, but it was good to see so many leap to his defence on social media, too.
Check out the reactions to Rashford’s performance here:
Rashford is a 19 year old ripping apart a Premier League team but rather than enjoy it people focus on negatives. Why bother watching?
— jb8521 (@jb_8521) March 19, 2017
Rashford's been good today but his end product has been lacking. Will improve on that with games & experience, though. #mufc
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) March 19, 2017
Rashford ought to have scored in his last two games, but his pace gives United's passers more options, and opposing defenders more problems.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) March 19, 2017
How dare Rashford not be the finished product at 19! How inconsiderate of the boy. 👀That lad is going to be a star. A star.
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) March 19, 2017
Bernardo needs a rest. Rashford running rings on him 😂😂😂😂
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) March 19, 2017
Happiness is seeing Marcus Rashford running at a defence
— Totally Man Utd™ (@TotallyMUFC) March 19, 2017
Rashford abuse on the TL, he's been our best player by far, yes he missed a chance, but what United player hasn't missed chances? Unfair
— Ed⚽️ (@MercilessMarcos) March 19, 2017
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) March 19, 2017
Rashford needs to grow up. Playing like a 19 year old when he is a 19 year old. The bastard.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) March 19, 2017