Marcus Rashford struck in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win over Hull City and preserve Manchester United's perfect start to the Premier League campaign.
The youngster, introduced off the bench in the second half, latched onto Wayne Rooney’s dangerous low cross to spark wild celebrations amongst the visiting support. Until then, it had looked as though both sides would drop their first points in a match that failed to create many fireworks as the rain lashed down at the KC Stadium.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had some United fans celebrating after his early header rebounded off the hoardings and rippled the back netting, and Robert Snodgrass planted a free kick just wide in the only real incidents of a drab opening period.
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Jose Mourinho rang the changes midway through the second half, bringing on Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Anthony Martial and Juan Mata. And it almost paid immediate dividends, Rashford thwarted only by a superb low save by Eldin Jakupovic.
Paul Pogba, kept reasonably quiet by a pugnacious Hull midfield, shaved the post with a curling effort before David Meyler blazed over from the edge of the box.
The match looked to be headed towards a draw until Wayne Rooney skipped past the challenge of Ahmed Elmohamady and crossed on a plate for Rashford to tap home.
United’s late win means only they and Chelsea have won their first three Premier League matches, with the Red Devils second on goal difference. Hull’s first defeat sees them slip to fifth.
Marcus Rashford celebrates his late goal with fans
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Rashford and Mkhitaryan stake claims to start. It seemed a mystery to team up Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba again and the former did practically nothing apart from get himself booked early on. Anthony Martial looked equally ineffective and United looked a different side when the substitutions were made.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United). Almost scored minutes after coming on and was in the right place at the right time to grab the winner.
Hull City: Jakupovic 7, Elmohamady 6, Livermore 6, Davies 7, Robertson 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 6, Clucas 6, Snodgrass 6, Hernandez 6, Diomande 6. SUBS: Maguire 6, Maloney 6.
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Valencia 6, Bailly 6, Blind 7, Shaw 6, Fellaini 5, Pogba 6, Mata 6, Rooney 7, Martial 6, Ibrahimovic 6. SUBS: Smalling 6, Rashford 7, Mkhitaryan 7.
10’ – IBRAHIMOVIC CLOSE: Martial puts it onto his head but the Swede thumps his header just wide. It ripples the back of the net off the boards and some United fans think it’s in.
24’ – SNODGRASS CLOSE: His free kick drifts just wide of De Gea’s post and he wouldn’t have got there.
74’ – HULL CLOSE: De Gea is completely stranded as Huddlestone’s shot deflects of Bailly and just wide of the post.
80’ – SAVE! Rashford accelerates into the box and only the fingertips of Jakupovic keep out his low shot destined for the far corner.
88’ – POGBA CLOSE! Space opens up for the midfielder and his curling effort shaves the post.
90+1’ – MEYLER CLOSE: He blazes over from the edge of the box.
90+2’ – GOAL! Hull City 0-1 Man Utd: Rooney skips past Elmohamady and lays it on a plate for Rashford to tap home.
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Marcus Rashford scores in his first Premier League appearance of the season. It is Rashford's first goal as a substitute in the PL.
United have won their opening three matches of a Premier League season on four previous occasions (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2011) but only in 2006-07 did they go on to win the title.
The Red Devils are one goal short of becoming the first team to score 800 Premier League away goals.
Hull City are winless in their past 12 league and cup games against Manchester United, losing 11 of those matches.
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