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Marcus Rashford has continued his scintillating form with a further two goals as Manchester United ran out 3-0 winners at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The England forward has now netted 16 goals in 17 games since football resumed after the World Cup in Qatar.
Jadon Sancho came off the bench to net a third goal for Erik Ten Hag’s side who made light work of their opponents after a nervy start.
The Foxes will have been disappointed to have gone in a goal behind at halftime after creating a number of good opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. David de Gea had a particularly busy first half, saving from close range on a number of occasions.
Most notably, the Spaniard made denied Harvey Barnes from close range after ten minutes before clawing away Kelechi Iheanacho’s diving header later on in the half. While the Spaniard has his limitations as a sweeper, there are still few better when it comes to shot stopping.
Rashford steals the show
Unsurprisingly, it was Marcus Rashford who stole the show at Old Trafford. There aren’t many better players in world football on current form, and he took both of his goals on Sunday afternoon superbly.
His first came from a wonderful through ball from the outside of Bruno Fernandes’ boot. Rashford ran onto it and drilled it past Danny Ward before he could properly set himself. His second, again, came from a through ball, this time from Fred, but the finish was just emphatic.
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— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) February 19, 2023
Speaking afterwards, Rashford told reporters that he was ready to keep pushing with huge games on the horizon. He said:
“It’s difficult not to keep pushing. We’re still early on in the season we’re fighting for a lot of different things. We have another big game coming up in midweek where we can hopefully reach the next round of the Europa League and then we have the Carabao Cup final next weekend, which is massive.
There’s always something to push and look forward to. I don’t feel like slowing down. I’m always looking to push and improve.”
The 25-year-old is also bullish about his side’s title hopes. United have quietly been closing ground on Arsenal and Manchester City with the two teams at the top of the league table dropping points relatively frequently in recent weeks. Rashford said:
“We’re there and we’re close. At the same time, both teams in front of us are really good teams – they’re playing good football at the minute so we just have to focus on ourselves.”
The games are coming thick and fast
Despite Rashford believing that United have a shot at the Premier League title, the Red Devils will have to put those thoughts to one side for a couple of weeks now. Their next three fixtures come in three different cup competitions as Erik Ten Hag looks to end the club’s five-year trophy drought.
First up is the second leg of their Europa League tie with Barcelona before they head to Wembley to take on Newcastle United in the final of the Carabao Cup. Three days after the final, they take on West Ham United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.