Romelu Lukaku has sent Marcus Rashford a congratulatory message after the teenager claimed the decisive opening goal during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Leicester City.
The Belgian received a chance to become the first Man United player to score in each of his first four games since 1925 but saw his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel as the hosts frustrated Jose Mourinho’s men.
And it was Rashford, coming on from the bench, who eventually broke the deadlock after volleying home following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner with 20 minutes left.
Lukaku took to social media after the game to heap praise on what was another decisive performance from the 19-year-old.
Back in March, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty against AFC Bournemouth with the scores level and you felt like that was it. Another painful home draw was coming. And it did. The neurosis underpinning United’s campaign at home in front of goal sunk its claws deep into the psyche of the Old Trafford crowd and, crucially, the players.
This time around, however, it felt different. Even after Lukaku’s miss you sensed that the goal was coming. The body language of the players as they poured forward against Leicester contrasted heavily the half frustrated, half resigned demeanour seen last year.
There is a palpable sense of belief amongst players and fans that simply wasn’t there just a few months ago, but how far can this wave of momentum take Mourinho’s men this season?