Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford played as though he was “back on the playground” in his match-winning display against Tottenham, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rashford’s double means he has now scored nine goals in his last 10 games for United.
However, it was his overall display which caught the eye.
“That is what the Stretford End wants to see,” said Solskjaer. “They love to see forwards play with courage.”
The 22-year-old was a menace to the Spurs defence throughout, scoring with a fizzing early effort and seeing Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga tip a long-range attempt onto the crossbar.
And with the visitors arguably in the ascendancy, Rashford then won and scored the penalty which ensured United moved back into the top six for the first time since September.
“He was mature and strong against good Premier League players,” the Norwegian said.
“Today he played like he was in the backyard, the garden or back on the playground with his mates.
He is enjoying himself.
“We do expect a lot from him because he has showed his ability so many times.
“You can define players by waiting or expecting things to happen or you can make things happen. He made them happen by his movement and decision-making, being direct and positive. This was a top performance.”