Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score a 92nd minute winner for Manchester United in their 1-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday.
Following Rashford’s heroics, boss José Mourinho said: “I gave him a big smile and a big hug. I think he is marvellous and he is working very well.”
But despite the 18-year-old helping his team to three wins from as many matches in the league, he is still not guaranteed a starting berth at the club.
Mourinho explains: “It’s not him being a match |winner that makes me change my mind.
“You are not going to drop another player when they are doing well.
“Our number one striker [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] is an amazing player.
“He is not just a goal-|scorer, he associates with other players, creates space.
“We can start some |matches with another |player in front of Zlatan but you have to be very |dominant to play that way.
“Rashford can play or he can be on the bench. The kid is going to be playing a lot of matches this season.”
Rashford scored his goal with a poacher’s finish from a Wayne Rooney cross.
United were restricted to half-chances before the interval.
Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic made saves from Juan Mata and Paul Pogba, while Rooney’s goalbound shot was blocked by Curtis Davies’ midriff.
Mourinho clearly got into his players at half-time because within five minutes of the restart Davies and Sam Clucas were on the turf having come off worst in 50-50 challenges.
Still, Hull wouldn’t roll over. After making some substitutions, Mourinho throwing on Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, United turned on the pressure.
Davies heroically threw his body in the way to block Mkhitaryan while Rashford was denied by a brilliant Jakupovic save.
Not that Hull were without chances.
Tom Huddlestone fired in a couple of trademark shots.
But right at the death, Rooney worked his magic and Rashford took the glory as he ran over to the United fans who had spilled onto the edge of the pitch in celebration.