Premier League: Marcus Rashford repays Man United new boss Solsjkaer’s faith once more in Newcastle win

Premier League: Marcus Rashford repays Man United new boss Solsjkaer’s faith once more in Newcastle win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his faith in Marcus Rashford and both striker and Manchester United reap the rewards once more in Newcastle win

  • Marcus Rashford scored the second as Manchester United won 2-0 at Newcastle
  • He started at St James’ Park and his free-kick created Romelu Lukaku’s opener
  • Interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his faith in the 21-year-old
  • Now Rashford is recording more shots, more dribbles and crucially, more goals

Jack Gaughan for MailOnline

The board went up flashing numbers seven and nine but Manchester United‘s No 10 did not flinch.

Marcus Rashford was fiddling with his socks, busy lining up a free-kick 30 yards out, and knew he need not look back towards the bench as the cavalry made their entrance by way of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retained the faith in a youngster he so obviously adores, despite this remaining goalless and United not really threatening. The easy option would have been to hook the central striker.

Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United won 2-0 at Newcastle on Wednesday night

Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United won 2-0 at Newcastle on Wednesday night

Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United won 2-0 at Newcastle on Wednesday night

He started up front at St James' Park and netted United's second in their fourth straight win

He started up front at St James' Park and netted United's second in their fourth straight win

He started up front at St James’ Park and netted United’s second in their fourth straight win

Buoyed by the decision not to, Rashford hammered the set piece towards goal. The shot was true and bounced right in front of Martin Dubravka, who spilled and Lukaku’s first touch was to tuck into the net.

And there they had it. In a game during which United spluttered for large parts, Lukaku had the opener within seconds of coming on. Solskjaer can do no wrong right now, the substitution perfect.

Rashford’s technique, the long straight run, made life difficult for Dubravka and the result was just reward for a 21-year-old who stuck at it when many others might not have.

This was a different night for Rashford, a different kind of challenge against the physicality of Jamaal Lascelles. Time on the ball was at a premium, Rashford – leading the line again – smashed into by Newcastle’s captain thrice in the opening 24 minutes.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retained faith in Rashford, a youngster he so clearly adores 

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retained faith in Rashford, a youngster he so clearly adores 

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retained faith in Rashford, a youngster he so clearly adores 

It was from Rashford's well-struck free-kick that Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring

It was from Rashford's well-struck free-kick that Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring

It was from Rashford’s well-struck free-kick that Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring

His temperament was tested, Lascelles making a point of roughing the England international up constantly. Would he crack? No he would not. Rashford continued to come short, even with a lack of support as Anthony Martial drifted wider and Juan Mata just drifted.

The runs in behind carried on, particularly when breaking free of Lascelles and the offside trap, only to slice wide when he might have found a team-mate.

He had earlier seen a free-kick well saved and even in the warm-up looked very much in the mood, finding Sergio Romero’s corner with real menace.

Rashford is recording more shots per game, more touches in the opposition box, more dribbles and more chances created under Solskjaer.

Crucially, it is more goals. That is three in his last four, the second at St James’ Park taken calmly, rolling in to seal the points and with the sort of nonchalance that tells you Rashford is really beginning to enjoy himself. 

Rashford stayed on as Solskjaer turned to Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez off the bench

Rashford stayed on as Solskjaer turned to Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez off the bench

Rashford stayed on as Solskjaer turned to Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez off the bench

 




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