Marcus Rashford dazzles and Erik ten Hag dream comes true as Man Utd beat Wolves


Marcus Rashford continued his rich vein of form on the pitch to make up for his behaviour off it as Manchester United dramatically beat Wolves 4-3 on Thursday. Express Sport runs through four talking points after Erik ten Hag's side produced one of their strongest performances of the season to return to winning ways in the Premier League at Molineux.

Erik ten Hag gets his wish

Ten Hag has often lamented the fact that he hasn't yet had his strongest team to choose from as United manager. He did against Wolves.

Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro's recent returns have bolstered the Dutchman's ranks, garnished with Kobbie Mainoo's emergence this season.

Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund join Rashford in making up Ten Hag's best attack. Mainoo - the match-winner - will be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Marcus Rashford's repeated response

Rashford was dropped from the United team at Wolves last season for disciplinary reasons. He started this time around on the back of his controversial Belfast bender.

And within minutes of kick-off, the 26-year-old fired the visitors ahead with a sublime finish before wheeling away towards the away end in celebration.

Rashford has now registered five goal contributions in as many games as part of his best run of form this season.

Ten Hag has been rewarded for his management of his No. 10, and he needs that streak to continue.

Rasmus Hojlund finds his rhythm

Hojlund, like Rashford, is enjoying his best spell of the season, providing a goal and an assist for the second time in three matches.

The 20-year-old Dane looks like an absolute gem and has now scored four goals and registered two assists in his last five games.

United's problems with converting chances persisted at Molineux. In truth, Ten Hag's side should've led by at least five before the game embroiled into chaos.

But Hojlund looks like a player they can build around for the next decade.

A Fergie Time winner made in Carrington

Mainoo looks like a genuine superstar. The 18-year-old doesn't look out of place as a Premier League regular and proved he can deliver when it matters most against Wolves.

It's now two goals in as many games for United's No. 37, having netted the second in last Sunday's 4-2 FA Cup win against Newport County.

Omari Forson came off the bench for his third senior appearance for the Red Devils and provided the assist for Mainoo's beautifully curled winning strike.

United offloaded several academy stars on loan in the January transfer window, but Ten Hag has left a pathway to his first team wide open for those good enough.

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