Harry Maguire’s instructions to Marcus Rashford seconds before Man Utd opener
Manchester United reclaimed second spot in the Premier League table with a battling 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
Coming off the back of successive draws in the league, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s knew only a win would see them leapfrog Leicester City.
With Manchester City now ten points clear, it is likely that the Red Devils’ best possible finish will be as runners-up and they are now back in the driving seat.
But it wasn’t plain sailing for Solskjaer’s side as they endured a wretched start at Old Trafford, struggling to string passes together against the struggling Magpies.
However, on the stroke of the half hour mark, Rashford took over to score a wonderful individual strike.
Picking the ball up on the left flank, Rashford nutmegged Emil Krafth, before firing into Karl Darlow’s bottom corner.
And in a video released on TikTok, Man United skipper Harry Maguire’s role was made clear to see.
When Rashford first collects the ball, Maguire is heard bellowing, “Get in the box!”, before instructing him to ‘take him on’ and then ‘shoot’.
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The Man United forward duly obliged to score his 18th goal of the season.
That was quickly cancelled out by the visitors, before goals from Daniel James and a Bruno Fernandes secured their victory.
Speaking after the game, Rashford outlined how the attitude of his teammates made it clear they would come out on top before the full-time whistle.
“We started a little bit slow. Our second-half performance was much better,” Rashford said.
“Our attitude was right in the dressing room at half-time and it was about coming out, performing well and having that confidence in ourselves that we could do that and win the game. In the second half we created more chances, and half chances.
“When you start slow in a game it can take anything to spark something to get a goal. When you do start slow you take any kind of goal just to get your team on the front foot and try and make us kick on and perform better.
“We did concede a sloppy goal after that, but you can’t fault the reaction in the second half. It was a good performance.“
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