Ten Hag was effusive in his praise of Rashford. “I think he invested a lot with runs behind the defending line and he scored a great goal on the dribble; a great finish. I think he is in great form and I hope he can keep his focus,” the United manager said.
“I think he is on a very good level. His performances are improving a lot from game to game, he’s a continued threat and does a lot of defending work. I hope and expect him to keep going with his performance level.”
There were plenty of anti-Glazer chants, as hopes grow of a sale in the New Year, but none about Ronaldo. Ten Hag and United have long moved on, but there is an addition on us now on the likes of Rashford to deliver during the second half of the season.
In truth, he was not the only one of United’s returning World Cup representatives who played well. With illness ruling out Harry Maguire, and Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane still impressed to return after their involvement in the Qatar final, Casemiro is at centre-half in a patched-up defence.
Bruno Fernandes’s passing was also a threat and helped produce the first goal, his fine ball to Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned brilliantly on the volley by the right-back into the six-yard box, where Eriksen fired in.
Manchester United (4-3-3): Dubravka; Wan-Bissaka (Shaw 72), Casemiro, Lindelof, Malacia (Williams 85); Fernandes, McTominay, Eriksen; Rashford (Fred 85), Martial (Elanga 72), Garnacho (Anthony 58).
Substitutes not used: De Gea (g), Pellestri, Van de Beek, Bennett.
Booked: Anthony, Fernandez.
Goals: Eriksen (27), Rashford (57).
Burnley (4-2-3-1): Peacock-Farrell; Roberts, Harwood-Bellis, Beyer, Maatsen (Taylor 90); Cullen, Cork (Egan-Riley 90); Benson (Churlinov 64), Brownhill (Bastien 90), Gudmundsson; Barnes (Twine 83).
Substitutes not used: Muric (g), Rodriguez, McNally, Lewis.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).
Manchester United vs Burnley: As it happened