As we all know, we’re without domestic football for one more week, until Manchester United return with a home game against West Bromwich Albion. Before that, though, we had to endure one final England match; as the Three Lions hosted Lithuania at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate chose to name a starting eleven without any Red Devils in it, so immediately my attention towards the match began to dwindle. I was given a new lease of life when Marcus Rashford was brought on off the bench midway through the second half, though, and the young man from Wythenshawe really proved his worth.
From the outset, he began to wreak havoc on Lithuania’s tiring back line as he used that excellent turn of pace to beat his man more often than not. Perhaps the most surprising part of his game was just how accurate his passing was, and he could have easily walked away with an excellent assist if Jamie Vardy could have finished a chance when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
It was a nice little run out for our 19-year-old striker, and nice again he acquitted himself very well. It would have definitely caught Jose Mourinho’s attention, and the United manager could well be tempted to give a start to the young man next weekend.
As you’d imagine, the Old Trafford faithful were delighted with the performance of their young star, and took to social media to show that.
Check out some of the best tweets aimed at Rashford here:
Rashford showing in 30 minutes that he's head and shoulders England's best player. Same old England. Run by a press led plonker.#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 26, 2017
Rashford has looked like the best player on the pitch from the moment he came on
— Paul Irwin (@bluedogspaul) March 26, 2017
Just give it to Rashford. Some half hour he's had… created chance after chance after chance
— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) March 26, 2017
You can tell Rashford plays at a big club with big players. Knows he's better than most on the pitch too, even at 19 years old. Levels
— ' DMF 🇵🇹 (@dmf180593) March 26, 2017
For me Rashford was best player. Had more directness about him. These games always horrible & sum up Joe negative international footy now is
— Kev Lennon (@kevlennon1) March 26, 2017
Rashford is bigger than England
— LowkeyLokeBwoy (@dewums) March 26, 2017
I must admit, Rashford looked really good when he came on. His movement and decision making is improving every game. #MUFC
— MufcJames (@JdotJames123) March 26, 2017