There is no denying Manchester United were affected by injury problems in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton. The likes of Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly were all unavailable due to physical problems, while Marcos Rojo was not yet fit enough to start at St. Mary’s Stadium. It left Jose Mourinho with a genuine selection headache in defence.
A similar situation back in February 2016 prompted then manager Louis van Gaal to promote a certain Marcus Rashford from the club’s academy when United were short on attacking rather than defensive options for the Europa League encounter with Midtjylland.
The forward rewarded Van Gaal for the faith shown in him with a stellar performance as he scored twice in a 5-1 win at Old Trafford and he has since gone on to become one of the most exciting young attackers around in the game.