Rashford saved Manchester United's skin solo against Southampton

Manchester United were again forced to haul themselves back into a match in their 2-2 draw against Southampton on Saturday evening.
Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera got the goals as the Red Devils grabbed a draw against the struggling Saints, but it was a performance of very few redeeming features.
The performance of Marcus Rashford was the main one, as the Englishman showed impressive resilience to recover from his own shaky start to the match to claw back a point.

Rashford shows his colours

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United made a dreadful start to the match, making Mark Hughes’ side look far better than their league position would suggest and slipping 2-0 behind.
Rashford struggled badly in that opening period; he couldn’t get his touch right and made three consecutive mistakes which led to Cedric Soares’ second goal.
But after that he took it upon himself to drag his side back into contention, providing the only injection of pace to lay on both of the strikes that drew United level before the break.

A message for the manager?

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Rashford has been the subject of some pointed criticism from his manager about his character and off the back of a frustrating night on Tuesday against Young Boys, that poor start could have seen the Englishman’s head go down.
That it didn’t, and that he was the only United attacking player who produced any kind of urgency and quality was a testament to both his character and commitment to the club.
Scott McTominay was the only one who showed similar urgency, so it’s the players who came through the ranks who are showing their expensively assembled team-mates the way.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.