With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, Manchester United were without the only consistent goal scorer this season. Ibrahimovic has been far and away the Red Devils most prolific scoring option, but the team got braces today from Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia as they went on to crush relegation fodder Middlesbrough 3-1.
However, the player that drew the most praise from manager Jose Mourinho was somebody who didn’t score- Marcus Rashford.
“Rashford is in trouble to score a goal. It’s really difficult to score a goal for him, but his movement is top class, his dynamic is second to none,” said Mourinho after his team got all three points today.
“[He’s] so intelligent, so sharp, the first touch to put the ball in the best position to attack the space, to attack the goal. For me, he played phenomenally. Goals will arrive, no problem at all.”
United are now four points behind Liverpool for fourth, but they also have two games in hand on the Reds. In the same postgame media session, Mourinho revealed his preferred path (top four or UEFA Europa League) back to UEFA Champions League.
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