Manchester United got their pre-season campaign underway this weekend, starting with a comfortable 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy in America.
But while we were expecting the fixture to be all about one man – Romelu Lukaku – we were proved wrong.
Marcus Rashford produced a fine first-half display for the Red Devils.
The young striker can’t have been too enthralled at Lukaku’s big-money arrival, and it again suggests Mourinho does not have faith in the Englishman.
But the initial signs suggest Rashford is out to prove a point, and he fired United into the lead after just two minutes.
? | Rashford’s neat finish to give United a 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/vryiLutFAa
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And the 20-year-old doubled his side’s lead with another slick finish on 20 minutes.
Rashford’s second goal. pic.twitter.com/zxMezWSmIK
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Having made his point, Rashford was then swapped for Lukaku at the interval.
But the Belgian did not manage a goal on his unofficial debut, and again some will be questioning that first touch of his after a couple of suspect moments in the game.
Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial had no such problems though, putting the tourists 5-0 up before a Giovanni dos Santos double handed LA two late consolation goals.
We make United third favourites at 10/3 for this season’s Premier League, but could it be Rashford rather than Lukaku who proves to be their key man?
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