While Rooney, Martial and Rashford have all had their standing at the Theatre of Dreams affected somewhat by last summer’s arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Saturday’s result was proof that each still has a role to play and a thirst to fulfil the responsibility. Rashford might have missed a couple of great opportunities from one-on-ones in the first half, but after the break he was still full of desire and belief.

It was the Frenchman’s powerful drive in the attacking left channel which left defenders standing in the build-up to Rooney’s momentous goal, and he soon added to the scoresheet after a smart one-two with the captain which again demonstrated his speed off the mark. While he might not have got the further goals he deserved, his performance had United fans purring for much of the afternoon.

The Red Devils’ forward line looks as well stocked as any in the country with the Frenchman, in particular, rising to the challenge of winning over his manager.