What impressed Ole about Rashford

Monday 28 October 2019 14:18

Often, it's a piece of play that does not get the most attention during a game which leaves a lasting impression.

Sometimes, the briefest glimpse of quality or endeavour illustrates so much more in a wider context. Those little moments that mean so much.

For Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was Marcus Rashford's reaction to having a penalty saved by Tim Krul in the first half of the 3-1 victory at Norwich City.

Rashford's fighting spirit against Norwich Video

Rashford's fighting spirit against Norwich

Seconds after missing his penalty, an undeterred Rashford showed incredible desire to tackle Norwich's Max Aarons...

The obvious route would be to discuss his goal, coming on the half-hour mark, moments after Krul's spot-kick save. A dart through the middle, taking advantage of the space left by the Canaries' defence, a sumptuous first touch and a clinical finish past the advancing keeper. A classic piece of marksmanship, showing great confidence, on the back of failing to net from 12 yards.

Yet Solskjaer also picked out the immediate aftermath to the penalty as testament to the character of his England international forward.

"It was an excellent response," said the boss. "Just to see Marcus chasing the ball down with Max Aarons, probably in a 50-yard sprint, and making a tackle in front of the dug-out was the best response you can ask from a player."

Such application and desire to atone, rather than any thought of dwelling on the miss spoke volumes about somebody who celebrates his 22nd birthday later this week.

It was the sort of attitude that suggested Rashford was not going to let his head drop and he was soon rewarded with his 50th goal for the club.

Ole's post-match press conference Video

Ole's post-match press conference

Hear what the boss had to say to the media, following our 3-1 away success at Carrow Road...

For me, there was one outstanding highlight from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whose all-action approach to defending continues to impress.

The former Crystal Palace full-back was already on a yellow card and needed to be on his best behaviour, with the Carrow Road crowd baying for every decision in the wake of the two VAR decisions to award United penalties.

As Onel Hernandez raced straight at the heart of the Reds' defence, there was genuine concern he would break through, as he would go on to do in the closing stages to score a consolation. Instead, the door was slammed firmly shut by Wan-Bissaka, who genuinely is one of the best tacklers in the business. Such perfect timing, strength and poise in the tackle was a joy to behold.

Watch some of Aaron Wan-Bissaka's best moments from the game.

There were so many noteworthy incidents in East Anglia but, aside from the goals, these two may linger in the memory.

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