These two combined for United’s opener (Picture: Getty)
Manchester United have taken an early lead in their Europa League quarter-final second leg tie against Anderlecht thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal.
The Red Devils are now in a commanding position to go through to the semi-finals, but it was the pace of wonderkid Marcus Rashford in the build-up that made the goal possible.
The 19-year-old broke onto the scene last season with eight goals in just 18 games at the end of the campaign, but has had to adapt to a new role on the wing for much of this term.
Still, Jose Mourinho will be delighted with him for this opener, with Rashford displaying all the natural ability to pose a serious threat in that position, as well as the intelligence to pick out Mkhitaryan at the end of it.
Look where Rashford starts in the move… (Picture: BT Sport)
Pretty quickly there’s no catching him (Picture: BT Sport)
The defender is now playing catch-up (Picture: BT Sport)
And then he picks out Mkhitaryan to score (Picture: BT Sport)
His speed also proved a useful outlet for Paul Pogba’s passing, as the French midfielder was able to play the ball in behind the Anderlecht defence for the teenager to run onto.
All in all, an ideal start to settle any nerves at Old Trafford this evening, and further evidence of the supreme potential of Rashford at United.