MARCUS RASHFORD returned from the World Cup in joyous form as Manchester United defeated a lively Burnely side 2-0 to reach the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Old Trafford manager Erik ten Hag fielded a mixed squad – with teenage winger Alejandro Garnacho more than taking his chance.
The Dutchman also caused an upset by using Brazilian midfielder Casemiro in central defence.
But most of all, it was an opportunity for Ten Hag to see how much the Red Devils miss Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
The Slovakia goalkeeper was left idle until a staggering two minutes late in the first half.
He readjusted to avoid a fierce drive from Burnley threat Manuel Benson. But then he came out wide to flap after a man-high cross, with Casemiro hooking the resulting ricochet off the line. Perhaps upset, the loan stopper promptly let a soft back pass crawl under his foot and had to run back to clear. 5
Finally got his chance due to the injury of Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot.
Knows he’ll need to attack far more than he normally would like if he’s to impress Ten Hag – and did just that perfectly for United’s brilliant breakthrough. He did well to catch a high pass from Bruno Fernandes, not to mention Christian Eriksen delivering a beautiful cross down the slide that pounded home for the first time. Made room for Luke Shaw in the 72nd minute. 6
Extra composure as an emergency centre-back.
But Burnley’s eager pressing caused occasional problems with crosses that might not be expected against a regular centre-back. But keep calm the whole time. 6
Did little wrong but not much either, suggesting he can usurp first-choice centre-backs Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
It was clear when Burnley pressed in the last half hour. 6
Comfortably on the left as you would expect. But involved in few important moments. Later replaced by Brandon Williams. 5
Guaranteed the graft but never quite the craft to be a nailed starter for United when they return to the Prem. Energetic again and trying to drive forward through the middle.
Missed an inviting chance high from the edge of the box. 6
In general, he looks for the progressive, menacing pass rather than the easy ball.
And arrived with excellent timing to put United ahead after 27 minutes. Less influence after the break. 6
Even more than Eriksen, the Portuguese playmaker was keen on trying killer balls rather than just safe left play.
Warmed up early with a dangerous flick and then raked a crossfield ball that resulted in Wan-Bissaka scoring Eriksen’s goal. 7.
Rashford aside, the Argentinian winger was certainly United’s biggest asset on a night when it was obviously difficult to learn too much.
The 18-year-old oozed confidence and hunger from the start, although he faded before being replaced by Antony. 7
Summoned a double strike for a fiercely deflected shot that tipped over – but his moments of real danger were relatively few.
Still deserves a regular prem chance alongside Rashford unless Ten Hag splashes out. Elanga came on for the Frenchman after 72 minutes. 5
He wasn’t at his liveliest in the first half after returning from the World Cup, but then…!
Ranged mainly from the right side of attack to the middle.
Made a deft pillow pass for McTominay to shoot high.
And then scored a scintillating solo goal to double United’s lead. He whirled through the net at high speed – à la Ronaldo with his pomp – and ended the game with a glorious low drive into the far post.
Received a huge ovation when he was replaced by Fred in the closing minutes. 8th
Antony (for Garnacho, 59 mins) – immediately wowed the audience and remained lively during the break. 7
Anthony Elanga (for Martial, 72 mins) – limited direct action. 5
Luke Shaw (for Wan-Bissaka, 72 mins) – Predictably solid. 6
Fred (for Rashford, 85 mins) – no time to make a name for himself. 6
Williams (for Malacia, 85 mins) – welcome return for the left-back but failed to interfere. 6
Substitutes: De Gea, Fred, Antony, Shaw, Pellistri, Williams, Van de Beek, Elanga, Bennett.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6967844/man-utd-ratings-burnley-efl-cup-rashford/ Man Utd ratings: Rashford and Garnacho shine as Red Devils start life after Ronaldo in 2-0 EFL Cup win over Burnley