Rashford earned himself a man of the match award with a wonderful second half cameo that saw him create Juan Mata‘s opener as well as a couple of other chances in an extremely mature performance.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 2, 2017
Having not played much this season it was excellent to see but speaking after the game, Rashford insisted he was doing nothing more than following instructions from the boss.
He said: “He just told me to stay wide, try to isolate the full-back and that’s what I did. It was very important to get the three points like Juan said.”
Mourinho also spoke about Rashford’s contribution and pointed towards West Ham’s weaknesses as an opportunity he wanted to exploit with the introduction of Marcus.
“I knew because this kid [Nordtveit] not right. He played 90 mins 48 hours ago and today he had first half vs Lingard and Mkhitaryan. All the time defending, running.
“Rashford played 30 mins in last game and he’s naturally fit and fast. He gave some width to the game and I think it was a matter of time before we scored.”
Seeing Rashford put in a game changing cameo with a smile on his face is something which every Man United fan wants and I’m glad to see him get the credit he deserves. Just like Anthony Martial against Middlesbrough, Rashford’s injection of confidence and pace at running towards a defender made all the difference.
Next up for United are cup games against Reading and Hull before the crucial game against Liverpool at Old Trafford when the Premier League returns on January 15. The way we’re currently stringing results together, there’s plenty of confidence floating around that we can come through all three of those games with three wins too. With players like Rashford in your squad, that’s always a possibility.