It looked the goal of a natural finisher. Rashford showed preternatural composure to take the ball around Jason Steele and slot his shot into the unguarded net. He scarcely looked a player who had failed to score in 23 of his previous 24 appearances.
If the most remarkable part of the goal was its creation, a lovely, outside-of-the-boot pass by Henrikh Mkhitaryan that split the Blackburn defence with enviable delicacy, United’s equaliser was also notable for the scorer. Rashford was given his chance. He took it.
And opportunities, at least in his preferred position, have been few and far between. Last season’s breakout star has suffered because of the excellence and relentlessness of Ibrahimovic, who started 32 of United’s first 40 games this season. Rashford has shone in moments on the flanks, but rarely scored; his only goals since September were the two against Reading that he mustered as a striker. Until here at Ewood Park, when the top scorer was granted a rare rest — albeit for an hour until Ibrahimovic came on — and Rashford moved back to the left.
The teenager had been on the fringes of the game before levelling. Yet part of the striker’s art is being clinical when, at times, they have barely had a touch.