Manchester United extended their remarkable run of form to just one defeat in their last 19 matches in all competitions with a convincing 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday.
The scoreline was comprehensive for the Red Devils but they may well have been facing an uphill task if it wasn’t for David De Gea.
The Spaniard had to be at the top of his game in the opening exchanges to deny Harvey Barnes and Kalechi Iheanacho with remarkable saves.
Those vital interventions kept United in the game and set them up to eventually pounce on a host of mistakes by Leicester’s backline.
The inevitable Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the first half before beating the offside trap again on the other side of half-time for his second of the encounter.
Jadon Sancho then made it three with a goal in consecutive Old Trafford outings.
What form is Marcus Rashford in?
The England international has come back from the World Cup in simply red-hot form, showing to the Premier League and indeed the world that he is now one of the best in his position around.
Rashford has found the net on 24 occasions in all competitions this term after his brace at Old Trafford on Sunday and now has ten goals in his last ten outings.
It is simply astonishing form, a run that has lifted United’s spirits and put them in with an outside chance of potentially winning the Premier League.
It is a testament to the turnaround that has been engineered by Erik ten Hag who so brutally saw his side beaten 4-0 by Brentford earlier this term.
They now look unrecognisable from the side that were beaten so handsomely back then with the return to form of Sancho now making them an even more menacing prospect.
Is Sancho back?
The answer to that question is a simple one; yes.
After being banished from the first-team picture during the World Cup, that is seemingly all the former Dortmund man needed in order to rediscover himself.
To call him a flop might be harsh but for the £73m that United paid, you’d expect a better return than his ten goals and four assists in 57 appearances for the club.
However, in recent weeks he looks capable of finally repaying that enormous fee.
Sancho scored against Leeds and then followed that up with another strike against Leicester today, pouncing on Bruno Fernandes’ clever assist to guide the ball home.
But his performance on the afternoon was about a lot more than his goal having been introduced at the break by Ten Hag.
He played three key passes during his “unbelievable” 45 minutes on the field – as eluded to by Statman Dave.
That tally ensured that only Fernandes and Fred managed more key passes during the entire contest.
One of those chance creations fell the way of Wout Weghorst who try as he might somehow failed to score.
During an electric second half in which Sancho “totally changed the match” – as per Manchester World’s Michael Plant – he attempted six dribbles, had a further three shots and took 42 touches.
What made that performance even better is that the vast majority of it came in an unfamiliar role with the 22-year-old occupying a role as the number 10 behind Weghorst.
Such was his influence in that position that it’s where his future could lie at Old Trafford moving forward. After all, his performances from a wide position have left plenty to be desired since his move from Germany.
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