Marcus Rashford of Manchester United had to accept the player of the match award himself after Sky Sports analysts failed to do so on Thursday night. The England international was on fire as his team came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 4-2 in the Carabao Cup on Thursday. This season, he has scored eight goals, more than any other player in the club.
On Thursday night, Manchester United had to dig deep to defeat Aston Villa.
Ollie Watkins put the visitors ahead, only for Anthony Martial to equalize before a Diogo Dalot own goal restored Villa’s lead.
Rashford, on the other hand, drew United level, and goals from Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay eventually saw his team advance to the next round of the competition.
Rashford was interviewed by Sky Sports following the game.
However, the presenters and experts failed to give the 24-year-old his player of the match award, forcing the attacker to accept it for himself.
Football Daily video shows him picking it up, with Peter Schmeichel and Mark Chapman amused by the situation.
“You didn’t give him the prize,” Schmeichel pointed out.
“So I did,” Chapman replied, laughing. “As you can see, he’s won the player of the match award.”
“Excellent work, Peter. The sponsors will be grateful to you for bringing this to their attention.
“I can’t concentrate since there are so many tables.”
Rashford opened up about his great form at United after his heroics against Villa, while also saying he feels best on the left wing rather than up top or on the right.
“My goal right now is to get back to enjoying my football and scoring goals, so I can’t complain,” Rashford added.
“If you watch me play, you’ll notice that when I’m on the left, I make runs into that position [center forward] in order to end up near the goal; that’s where the goals are scored, so that’s where I want to be.
“The more I do it, the more goals I’ll get.”
“I’d say I’m more at ease flying on the wing. I need to improve on keeping my back to goal in a lot of games, but I think I’m okay at bringing people into the game.
“However, holding it is something I need to work on.””
Meanwhile, United manager Erik ten Hag praised his team for finishing the job, albeit he said it was a game of two halves.
“”How come two halves are never the same?” He stated.
“But it is true, I would say, that we controlled the game in the first half with terrific pressing and won a lot of balls in the opponents’ half, but we just did the wrong things.”
“We were terrible in transition, missing passes and running in behind.” We’d pass the ball one step late.
“So we missed a lot of chances in the first half, then in the second half, in the last seven and a half minutes, we were incredibly careless on the ball and from corners against us.”
“We told them at halftime to keep pressing, but to be more direct with the passes in behind their defense.”
“Then we returned, kept the ball, and fought back.” After Sunday’s setback and after falling behind twice, I am extremely proud of the team. Tonight I am content.”
United’s next game will be against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday (4.30pm).
When they last visited the stadium in January 2021, they won thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
Both will not play against Fulham, having left United for Valencia and Juventus, respectively, in the summer.