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manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford played as if he was in the playground with his mates after his brace ruined Jose Mourinho's return to Old Trafford.

Rashford scored in the sixth minute and then slotted home a second-half penalty to earn a 2-1 win and ease the pressure on Mourinho's successor, who had overseen their worst start to a season since 1988.

The England international also rattled the crossbar and sent a free-kick just wide as he was on a one-man mission to make it a night to forget for the Portuguese.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that striker Marcus Rashford played like he was in the playground

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that striker Marcus Rashford played like he was in the playground

United boss Solskjaer was full of praise for Rashford, who scored a brace against Tottenham

United boss Solskjaer was full of praise for Rashford, who scored a brace against Tottenham

It was 351 days since Mourinho was fired at United, but he was back with Spurs and would have fancied a win after Dele Alli's brilliant equaliser just before the break.

But it was Rashford who stole the headlines.

Solskjaer said: 'The boy is 22 and today he played like he was in the back yard or garden or in the playground with his mates.

'He has just enjoyed himself. Sometimes there is expectation or pressure on him because we do expect a lot from him because he has shown it so many times.

'We want them to go out and enjoy themselves, with no fear of losing. United fans love to see wingers and forwards play with courage.

'I'm very happy with how he's matured, we want him to but it's natural he can't have this level as this was a top-class performance.'

Rashford opened the scoring in the sixth minute as he got the better of Paulo Gazzaniga

Rashford opened the scoring in the sixth minute as he got the better of Paulo Gazzaniga

The striker added to his tally in the 49th minute when he scored from the penalty spot

The striker added to his tally in the 49th minute when he scored from the penalty spot

With the availability of Mauricio Pochettino, who Mourinho replaced at Spurs, looming large over Solskjaer, the boss saw his team put in a fine display.

They led after six minutes

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