Marcus Rashford produced another mesmerising display during Manchester United’s second leg 2-1 quarter final win over Anderlecht in the Europa League at Old Trafford.
The youngster, still glowing from his sensational performance against Chelsea last weekend, took to the field with a sense of raw menace against Anderlecht, charging in behind their back four whenever he could.
He was then placed up front for extra time after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was stretchered off and, after spurning several chances, grabbed a truly memorable winner, producing a smart flick before powering home in front of the Stretford End.
A glance at his stats tell the story of what was a truly mesmerising performance.
Rashford's game by numbers vs. Anderlecht:
3 chances created
7 dribbles completed
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His performance against Chelsea was more complete, but his performance against Anderlecht was more important in the context of his Man United career.
United, with 30 minutes left and Zlatan – a blunt instrument up to that point – stretchered off, needed somebody to stand up, to take advantage of this tiring Anderlecht side.
And it could only have been Rashford: he was, once again, an effervescent, burgeoning figure all evening, dragging United forward with his raw energy on the ball. Chances kept falling his way and the contest, supposedly an 11 vs 11 affair, ended up morphing into a question of whether Rashford, with the game in the palm of his hand, could take his side through.
And supporters, just when attention started to move towards half time, received an emphatic answer.