Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was pleased with the showing of young duo Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay during the club’s 2-0 Premier League win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Rashford had found himself as a regular on the bench owing to a recent injury as well as poor form, but his second-half performance against Crystal Palace earned him his maiden league start of 2018.
The 20-year-old cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold to score a brilliant goal past Loris Karius in the 14th minute, and he managed to double the scores just 10 minutes later with a similar kind of situation.
Following the game, Mourinho was content with the impact from Rashford as well as McTominay, who was solid at the heart of the midfield in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
The Old Trafford faithful were not happy with McTominay passing backwards during certain phases of the game, but the manager highlighted that the Anglo-Scot decided the right decision through the match.
“Marcus Rashford and McTominay – one scored two goals, special for a kid who feels the shirt in a special way because he was born here,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Evening Standard.
“McTominay played with such class and maturity. He really impressed me because the crowd can push with their hearts and even when they were pushing him to do the wrong thing, he did the right thing.”
The performance is likely to have diminished any doubts over Rashford’s inclusion at the summer World Cup finals in Russia with England coach Gareth Southgate having witnessed the showing from the stands.
Manchester United have now accumulated 65 points after 30 games into the season, and they are now five points ahead of Liverpool in the pursuit of the second position in the Premier League standings.