English teenage sensation Marcus Rashford had a positive day for Manchester United, and showcased his skills to perfection against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League.
The highly rated youngster looked lively, and posed a threat in an otherwise impotent attack that failed to break down the Portuguese side’s resistance.
Jose Mourinho’s men returned to winning ways, and now have one foot in the knockout rounds after their 1-0 victory in the away game. Courtesy of this win, United have 9 points from three matches, and will hope to qualify as the winners of Group A.
After United’s defensive approach at Anfield last weekend that helped them salvage a point in the Premier League, Jose drew immense criticism from certain corners for going into the game with a negative mindset. But against Benfica, the Old Trafford club dominated the proceedings for most parts of the game, and they were rewarded with Rashford’s bizarre goal after their young goalkeeper’s howler from a free-kick.
Rashford’s vision and attacking the post on numerous occasions showed his eye for goal, and Benfica’s one mistake cost them dearly. But it wasn’t just his goal, but also the way he surged past Benfica right-back Douglas Pereira on the left flank that became a moment to cherish for the supporters.
Marcus Rashford, gostaria de saber se o menino Douglas "melhor do tuíter está bem"? pic.twitter.com/vEY0e6mabI
— Liberta Depre (@liberta__depre) October 18, 2017
The video of the nutmeg went viral on social media site Twitter.
After their UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid in the season opener, Jose’s side has won 10 of the 12 matches, and they continue their unbeaten run across all competitions. And amidst all criticism that comes their way, in the end, it’s the win ratio that ultimately matters.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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