MARCUS RASHFORD should be right at the top of Jose Mourinho’s Christmas card list this year.
A point against Southampton wasn't enough to lift the criticism from the beleaguered boss but Rashford's performance alone at least salvaged something from a thrilling contest with two sensational assists.
Reuters5 Marcus Rashford was given praise by Jose Mourinho after he came off
On Tuesday the England striker left Mourinho shrugging his shoulders to the bench after watching the youngster miss a sitter against Young Boys.
Mourinho was heavily criticised for his actions that could have left the striker humiliated and devoid of confidence.
But it appeared to be the motivation he needed after two pieces of individual brilliance clawed United back after they were rocked by two early goals to leave Mourinho living to fight another day.
His first came after he latched onto Paul Pogba’s pass, showed his strength to muscle off Maya Yoshida’s tackle before playing the ball through Jack Stephens’ legs into the path of Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker made no mistake in ending his 12-game goal drought.
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Getty Images – Getty5 Rashford picked up two assists