The victory will come as a sigh of relief for the Reds’ fans and indeed their manager Jose Mourinho, who were staring down the barrel within the first quarter of an hour after Callum Wilson put the home side in front.
United battled back, however, and despite playing poorly in the first half, found their equalizer in the form of Anthony Martial’s goal. The Frenchman has now scored five times in four games, and is steadily becoming the lethal hitman United fans have been waiting for.
But after the game, what was interesting to note was the post-match dissection and analysis done by former United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand was asked to comment on Marcus Rashford and where he fits in the Red Devils’ setup.
“This is a great talent who needs to be nurtured,” Rio remarked. “Jose Mourinho has given him opportunities, he’s played many, many minutes. But I believe he’s at an age now where he’ll be sitting there and if he’s not starting, he’ll be disappointed.
“He’s gone from being that player that’s been brought in to the squad, who’s happy to come off the bench and make an impact. He’s now at a place where in his mind he’s saying ‘I should be starting here’ and when he doesn’t that’s a deflator. I think he’s good enough to start.”
The United legend then went on to discuss where Rashford should play in this particular team, and noted that he is at a stage where playing either up front or even on the wings would suffice. Ferdinand observed that he didn’t think Rashford was a “definite number nine”.