Marcus Rashford has shed light on how a combination of pure intelligence and attacking instinct helped him score a dramatic late winner against Wolves. With the scores level heading into the final few minutes of stoppage time, the Manchester United forward cut inside his man before firing past Rui Patricio via a fortunate deflection off man of the match Romain Saiss.
The decisive strike puts United in Premier League title contention and now just two points adrift of leaders Liverpool, who slipped up with a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Sunday.
Late goals were the hallmark of Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning sides at Old Trafford and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players are daring to dream heading into the New Year.
With Premier League clubs reportedly in talks over a potential two-week break following a rise in Covid-19 cases, United’s trip to Anfield on January 17 may now be of extra significance.
It was a moment of pure invention from Rashford that earned his side a memorable victory and the 23-year-old has now revealed that he purposely targeted Wolves’ full-back Rayan Ait-Nouri after he went down with cramp.
The goal was correctly ruled out for offside but United’s players were adamant they should have had a penalty after Conor Coady handled. VAR wasn’t so sure upon review.
Rashford was happy to admit this was not his finest United goal but it’s one that could be of huge significance come May.
“It’s the deciding goal,” he added. “Probably not the most beautiful goal but we’ll take that and the three points and move on.
“Today was a tough game, we expected a tough game. At the end of the day we managed to get over the line.”
While Solskjaer was delighted with his side’s victory, the Norwegian made it clear he is against the idea of a potential break, which is likely to halt United’s impressive momentum.
He said: “I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break. When are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult.
“If you just stop more games, I don’t think that’s going to make a big change.”