Erik ten Hag’s work on the training ground appears to be paying off as Manchester United scored a goal straight out of a coaching manual against Nottingham Forest.
Marcus Rashford’s opening strike in United’s first Premier League game back since the World Cup came from a pre-planned corner routine.
Christian Eriksen sent a perfectly-weighted ball along the turf for Rashford, who darted into space as his teammates blocked off the Forest markers.
Rashford met the ball and diverted it first time past a helpless Wayne Hennessey, sending Old Trafford alight.
“One off the training ground,” said talkSPORT commentator Ian Danter. “Eriksen rolled it along the ground and it was lashed in gleefully by Marcus Rashford.”
Former Premier League full-back Micky Gray added: “Class. That’s what it is.
“It’s just brilliant, the thought behind it, they’ve worked on it in training, and the run from Rashford is first class, he gets away from his man and has acres of space and just has to make contact with the pace on the ball.”
The goal was Rashford’s fifth of the season in the league, while he has 10 in 21 games for club and country after starring for England at the World Cup.
Anthony Martial added a second minutes after Rashford’s opener midway through the first half, before Fred completed a comfortable 3-0 win for United late on.
On the opening goal, manager Ten Hag said: “It is important in football today that you score from set plays and don’t concede from them. We have to be good in them. It decides games.”