The homegrown prodigy latched on to Lukaku’s flick-on before dispatching beyond Loris Karius, and repeated the trick 10 minutes later after van Dijk had failed to clear. Eric Bailly’s own goal midway through the second half made the closing stages nervy for Jose Mourinho’s men, but Rashford’s early salvo was enough to secure a key win over our arch-rivals.
UNITED 2 TOTTENHAM 1 (2019/20)
Jose Mourinho’s first managerial return to Old Trafford since departing as boss – and just his third match in charge of Tottenham – had the world keenly focused on this heavyweight Premier League clash in December 2019. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had performed erratically in our two previous league games – a see-sawing 3-3 draw against Sheffield United and a 2-2 stalemate with Aston Villa – but we leapt out of the traps here, with Rashford leading a blistering one-man charge.
The 22-year-old’s rifled shot in the sixth minute was too hot for Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to handle, giving the Reds the lead, and Rashford then hit the bar with a sensational 30-yard piledriver midway through the first period. United should have put the game to bed before the 30-minute mark but, against the run of play, Dele Alli equalised with a finessed finish of his own. But Rashford returned for the second period determined to wrestle the game back in United’s favour. A sublime solo run in the first seconds of the new half earned the Reds a penalty, and the no.10 slotted home himself to restore the one-goal advantage that would ultimately secure the game.