Marcus Rashford once again grabbed a big game by the scruff of the neck with a ‘Man of the Match’ performance during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.
The 20-year-old was handed his first Premier League start since Boxing Day and announced himself in emphatic fashion after just 14 minutes, latching onto Romelu Lukaku’s flicked header, cutting inside, leaving Trent Alexander-Arnold in no-man’s land, before firing a lethal shot into the bottom corner.
But he was not done there: ten minutes later, Alexis Sanchez’s through ball for Juan Mata rebounded in the Englishman’s direction and he slammed home once again via a deflection.
That proved to be the winning goal, and his stats from the game show you just how ruthless he was with the ball at his feet.
Rashford’s game by numbers vs. Liverpool:
100% chance conversion
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 10, 2018
Rashford only had one goal – against Yeovil Town – and just two starts to his name in 2018 prior to this game with Liverpool. To most top players, let alone most youngsters, that would have a destabilising effect of some sort, perhaps leaving personal doubts in their minds and rustiness in their legs.
But the 20-year-old approached this game – one of the biggest of this season – as if it were nothing, rampaging down the left hand side with all the execution and swagger of a seasoned Premier League superstar who has done this all before.
And in a way, Rashford has. He only made his senior debut two years ago but already boasts big goals against Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Following a murky few months for the youngster, this was a emphatic reminder to anyone starting to doubt his ability to have an effect under Jose Mourinho.