Rashford played one of his best matches in the United shirt on Sunday, further strengthening his case to be the team’s main striker moving forward.
The England international once again linked up well with Pogba, providing the assist for the opener with some nifty footwork.
Unbelievable from Rashford 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BhSG3jjOm5
— Fresh Ego Kid (@FRESHEGOKIDLTD) December 30, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAfter the game, Rashford posted a picture on Instagram and Pogba had a say on it.
Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Ian Wright fanboying over Marcus Rashford! 😂 #mufc pic.twitter.com/vJzxgEnzI7
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 30, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Pogba nearly set up his attacking partner to double the lead before taking care of business himself, and the two continued to terrorise the defence throughout the first half.
Rashford’s development has been somewhat stunted by the many different roles he has held in the last few years. His mobility meant former coach Jose Mourinho often shifted him out wide or used him as a super-sub, and the 21-year-old has lacked the consistent playing time to keep improving.
But it’s that mobility and Rashford’s eye for a pass that makes him the perfect partner for Pogba, who will likely be the team’s focal point moving forward. Lukaku may be the better pure finisher, but he has long struggled with holding up the ball near the box, and his presence too often limits the spaces for the France international.
Marcus Rashford has set a personal best for number of assists within a single Premier League campaign:
2015-16: 2 assists
2016-17: 1 assists
2017-18: 3 assists
2018-19: 6 assists
Already as many this season as in his last three campaigns combined. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/kB2Bly0k4a
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 30, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsRashford is more willing and able to move out wide and draw defenders out of position, creating opportunities for Pogba to dive into the box and do what he does best―score goals.
Lukaku will have ample opportunities to prove he too can fit in Solskjaer’s system, and his scoring will be invaluable in matches to come. He wasted little time getting on the scoresheet himself after coming on as a substitute on Sunday and will no doubt fight hard for his starting spot.
The perfect example of how Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have been given their freedom by the new Solskjaer regime. Thrilling football #mufc
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) December 30, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsBut the abilities of Rashford and Pogba complement each other too well not to start them together as often as possible. One of Solskjaer’s main goals for the season has to be the development of the younger players, and he should give the nod to the academy graduate.