Marcus Rashford produced a vital performance from the bench during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.
The Englishman, having started Man United’s opening two Premier League games, was consigned to the bench to make way for Anthony Martial.
He replaced Juan Mata midway through the second half and, within minutes, guided home a fierce drive to give United a crucial opening goal against a spirited Leicester side.
And his stats shed light on what was an immediately decisive display from the bench against Craig Shakespeare’s men.
Marcus Rashford's game by numbers vs. Leicester:
2 chances created
His turn for a cameo role. pic.twitter.com/cbQwOBsu6z
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United needed something different. Anything, really. They had missed a penalty and seen a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for offside, and Leicester were looking imperious at the back, clearly in an unshakeable defensive groove. They were even threatening at the other end.
But Rashford has demonstrated his capacity for vital interventions in the past and he was there once again to deliver a vital sucker-punch. He injected a sense of urgency and, having just come on, was able to elude any blue shirts before powering home a sensational drive from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner.
Just like with Martial over the last two weeks, Rashford came on to push the knife in, and supporters will be delighted to see him get off the mark.