Marcus Rashford came to Manchester United’s rescue once again as he scored a brace to help them come from behind once again in a 3-2 win over Sheffield United.
The Blades took an early lead thanks to calamitous error from Dean Henderson through David McGoldrick, before Rashford took over the show. A glorious first touch to cushion down a Victor Lindelof pass gave him the opportunity to smash the ball past Aaron Ramsdale for the equaliser.
Anthony Martial got his first Premier League goal of the season from a wonderful Paul Pogba pass to put the Red Devils ahead, before Rashford wrapped up a wonderful team move early in the second half to double his tally. McGoldrick got a second late on but it proved to be just a consolation.
Throughout the game Rashford’s direct running and speed caused the Sheffield United defence problems, with manager Chris Wilder even forced to substitute Phil Jagielka just after an hour despite substituting him on in the first half.
Rashford made several of those runs from out on the left-wing in towards goal and was a huge threat as Manchester United took control of the game.
On a few occasions the 23-year-old picked the ball up in a deep position and drove beyond the back line, proving that at his explosive best he is almost unplayable.
What caught the eye the most though, was his finishing when being instinctive. Prior to equalising, he was put through by Bruno Fernandes after making one of those out-to-in runs and after taking the ball down well he had time to think and put the ball over the bar.
While he ended up being offside for that instance, the equaliser moments later was pure instinct as he took the ball down and them hammered it without even looking up at the keeper. Much like against RB Leipzig where he didn’t have too much time to think about his finishes, Rashford seems at his best when playing off instinct.
You can see the street footballer side of him come out when he’s not over-thinking situations and it often leads to the best moments of the game.
Rashford is a super talented footballer, who has almost 250 appearances for Manchester United and 79 goals at the ripe old age of 23. He is only going to get better and seems to have finally found his best position, while thriving on the responsibility of being one of the leading figures in the squad.
United will be at their best when they get him into situations against isolated defenders as much as possible and he lets his instinct take over.