The 22-year-old was a ferociously aggressive influence down the flank all evening, setting the tone with a rasping shot that beat Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post following a clever dart into the box.
After the break, Rashford won and then expertly tucked away a penalty to hand United – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a crucial three points.
Supporters were quick to heap praise on the Englishman for a ruthless display.
Rashford singlehandedly keeping Ole in the job. He's been sick past couple weeks.
— Ali. (@UtdAlii) December 4, 2019
Brilliant win that. By far the better team. Rashford sensational.
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) December 4, 2019
Marcus Rashford scoring in big games?
— Ryan. ???? (@Vintage_Utd) December 4, 2019
Rashford is out here having Messi's league season but we mock him here cos his team is a band of screwups.
Messi: 9 goals 5 assists.
Rashford: 9 goals 4 assists.#MUNTOT
— Marvin the Paranoid Android???? (@Boboye_Ak) December 4, 2019
Rashford has now scored braces against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs, adding to the already well accepted notion that this guy is a big game player – somebody who can bend occasions like these to his will.
There was something of the 18-year-old in Rashford tonight. The way he seemed to glide forward, as if part of some high-speed rail network, was so intractably fast that Spurs players were just blurry pixels in comparison.
The forward now has 13 goal involvements in the Premier League this season, for a team that just managed its fifth win from 15 games. Only Tammy Abraham and Jamie Vardy have more. It is time we put some serious respect on Rashford’s name.