Manchester United fans delighted with excellent Marcus Rashford performance against Manchester City

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United fans were delighted with Marcus Rashford‘s sensational performance in their side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

The 18-year-old crowned a powerful and energetic performance with a wonderfully taken goal in the 16th minute, which proved enough to give the bragging rights to the red half of the city.

A number of Man United fans were tentative when they saw Rashford’s inclusion in the starting XI; it was his eighth start in a row, and, in such a highly charged contest, it felt as if fatigue might have come into play. But as it was, Rashford was an effervescent figure throughout, much to the delight of all United fans:

The story of Rashford has been nothing short of unbelievable. In a season where Leicester City are title favourites whilst last year’s champions lie in mid-table obscurity, United fans are seeing their own remarkable fairytale unfold.

It was no coincidence that the only Mancunian on the pitch was the one who decided this contest. Indeed, Rashford characterised the power, energy and desire demanded by a Manchester derby. Instead of shrinking, he played with the warrior-like spirit that United fans yearn to see.

And perhaps this was best illustrated in the latter stages of the game: with City furiously piling bodies forward, Rashford – ridden with cramp and overwhelming fatigue – somehow found enough strength to take the ball and run the entire length of the pitch. Above anything, the spirit and passion of this youngster is what had United fans purring most as they recorded their first away derby win in the post-Ferguson era.

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