The 19-year-old, handed a rare chance to start against Chelsea after the Swede was rested, delighted supporters with a sumptuous performance hallmarked by a seventh-minute goal – his ninth of the season.
Mourinho was forced to address the issue of whether Rashford, following a superb could of games, merited the chance to lead the line once more against Anderlecht.
But Rashford was quick to play down the idea of usurping the 35-year-old, placing more emphasis on the importance of the whole team instead.
“It’s not so much stepping up the plate because we are a team and missing one player does not cancel out everything we have worked on throughout the week,” he said. “I think everyone was together and we worked together to get the result.
“At this stage of the season, every game is a massive game, getting the points has massive importance. We have to keep going in the league and the Europa League as well.”
There is no doubt that Rashford, following his display against the league leaders, has something in his approach that Mourinho needs to incorporate further.
The 19-year-old brings a sense of unpredictability and menace to Manchester United’s front line that, perhaps placed alongside the goalscoring prowess of Zlatan, could wreak some serious havoc over the next few weeks.