Marcus Rashford produced a scintillating attacking display up front during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
The teenager, who claimed goals against Benfica and Huddersfield last week, provided a superb flick around the corner to set Jesse Lingard away for Man United’s opening goal.
And he continued to pin back Swansea’s back-line along with Anthony Martial during the second period as the visitors started to completely dominate proceedings.
Rahford’s numbers from the game tell the story of what was indeed another powerful display going forward.
Rashford's game by numbers vs. Swansea:
2 chances created
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Jose Mourinho will, of course, use Romelu Lukaku at the primary mouthpiece of United’s attack this season, but this was a performance that ought to remind him of not being afraid to opt for a different dynamic altogether.
Because that is exactly what Rashford provides. The Belgian may be a more instinctive, physical goal-threat, but the 19-year-old’s all-encompassing, indefatigable approach both on and off the ball makes the pitch bigger and gives the likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial more space to exploit going forward.
There will be times where United, with Lukaku up top, look too congested and predictable over the next few months, and you just hope Mourinho will have the clout to bring him off and use Rashford as a way of forging an opening when his side needs it most.