Marcus Rashford completely ran the show during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup – he might be the best player in England right now.
United increased the pressure on Toffees manager Frank Lampard with a professional win at Old Trafford on Friday night.
Rashford, who started the match, played a part in all three goals. The 25-year-old is on a career-best goalscoring streak, scoring in his last five games in all competitions.
Antony opened the scoring within three minutes before a disastrous error from David de Gea allowed Conor Coady to equalize shortly after. Everton sat deep to contain United for the rest of the half, who took off. Rashford stepped up after the break to put United ahead once again. He received the ball wide with Seamus Coleman too bothered to engage. He drifted past the veteran defender to put a low ball into the box. Coady stuck a desperate leg out and turned it into his own net. Expert wing play.
United won’t win the game without Rashford, it’s that simple. With two assists and a penalty, you can’t have much more of an impact on an FA Cup game. Worth pointing out that Rashford has featured in all of the Red Devils’ games over Christmas. He’s on fire, no matter the competition right now.
Rashford moved centrally when Anthony Martial came off in the second half, which was a relief for Coleman. However, he had Alejandro Garnacho against him. Out of the frying pan…
What was said about their performance?
Former United captain Roy Keane, who is very hard to please, watched the match for ITV. He admitted at full-time that he was not shocked by Rashford’s performance. Keane explained: “The nice thing about the night is that’s what I expect from him.
“I’m not surprised by his performance tonight. He’s becoming one of the main players for Manchester United. Can he get them back to competing for trophies?
“He takes responsibility. I expect goals and assists from him every week now, he’s obviously playing with confidence. He’s going to go past you in one-on-one situations. You can’t be too critical of the Everton defenders.”
There were concerns about United’s options up front following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. One of Rashford or Martial would be forced to become the main focal point, with Antony still adjusting to English football and Jadon Sancho unavailable right now.
Rashford’s grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He is the first player to score in seven consecutive home games for United since Wayne Rooney in 2012. The England international is back in love with football and everyone at Old Trafford is back in love with him.