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Marcus Rashford gives Jose Mourinho and Manchester United a timely reminder of his supreme ability

Tuesday 3rd January 2017
In yesterday's late fixture, Manchester United headed South to take on Slaven Bilic's West Ham side, in a game that was always going to be a struggle for the self-proclaimed Special One. However, a sublime second-half cameo from Marcus Rashford (coupled with the help of the referee) meant United secured all three points.
Jose Mourinho made it six Premier League games won in a row, as the Red Devils seem to be finally clicking together. They are certainly closing the gap on the top four, and the way they are playing right now must be striking fear into the teams above them.

One man who had turned into somewhat of a forgotten player at the Theatre of Dreams was Marcus Rashford, who has been mostly utilised as a super-sub; that's if he managed to get on the pitch at all.

However, in the aforementioned game against West Ham United, the 19-year-old from Wythenshawe stole the show with an absolutely brilliant appearance as a substitute; giving Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his outstanding footballing abilities.

Rashford was thrown on and told to hug the left-hand touchline and use his blistering pace to beat his man. Within seconds of his arrival on the field, he was sent sprinting down the byline and he absolutely left the West Ham back four for dead. Although the attack didn't lead to anything, it was a warning side for Havard Nordtveit; the Hammers' right-back who was struggling to cope.

Shortly after that, the breakthrough was made. Once again, Marcus Rashford was sent free down the left-hand flank thanks to an excellent ball from Michael Carrick. Not only did the United striker beat his man with a bit of skill, he also had the composure to play an inch-perfect pass to Juan Mata – who duly slotted Manchester United into the lead.

For the rest of the game, the tactic seemed to be to give it to Rashford at every opportunity, and credit has to go to Jose Mourinho for making those game-changing substitutes once again. He made such an impression on the match, that Sky Sports News' Gary Neville handed him the Man of the Match award; despite only playing just over thirty minutes.

It's always brilliant to see a homegrown talent succeed at the club he loves just as much as the fans, and Rashford must be absolutely loving life at this point in time. He's young, and he was always going to have patches where his form wasn't the best, but he seems to be working his way back to the top of his game and confidence is flowing again.

With games coming thick and fast now, and the FA Cup getting underway this weekend alongside the commencement of the EFL Cup semi-finals, Rashford will get plenty of minutes under his belt from now until the end of the season. Alright, he may not have anywhere near as many goals to his name as last campaign, but the effort, work rate and impact on matches remain the same.

England and Manchester United has a real star on their hands in the form of Rashford, make no mistake about it. This boy is going to be special.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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