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Man Utd star lauded for lethal trait that’s amazed ex-England boss after ‘shutting everybody up’

Man Utd attackers Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes

Man Utd pair Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes

A Man Utd attacker has floored an ex-England boss with a deadly trait he’s utilising more and more, though he is a doubt for the EFL Cup final on Sunday.

The beginning to the latter half of Man Utd’s season has been the Marcus Rashford show. The England ace, 25, has notched an incredible 16 goals since the World Cup. His efforts have helped push Man Utd up to third in the league and secured safe passage through various rounds of the EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.

Rashford is unquestionably in the form of his life and has increasingly been deployed as a lone centre-forward of late.

Erik ten Hag has begun to field 6ft 6in Wout Weghorst as an unorthodox No 10. Bruno Fernandes puts in the hard yards on the right flank, with Jadon Sancho now preferred on the left.

Securing Rashford down to a new and improved long-term deal is understood to be Man Utd’s primary focus right now.

TEAMtalk exclusively learned the latest on whether he’ll put pen to paper when interviewing trusted reporter Ben Jacobs late last week.

But for the time being, Rashford’s sole focus will be on continuing his red hot form for the remainder of the campaign and ending United’s trophy drought that extends back to 2017.

The EFL Cup final against Newcastle on Sunday is the first opportunity United have of breaking their duck. However, after picking up an ankle knock against Barcelona on Thursday night, Ten Hag stressed his star man’s availability is not yet clear.

“We have to do investigations, medical of course,” said Ten Hag on Friday (via the Manchester Evening News).

“Yesterday we did but straight after the game most of the time you can’t say. We have to wait for a 100 percent diagnosis. We have to wait.”

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Rashford trait wows ex-England boss

In the event Rashford is fit to play, Newcastle must be just as wary of Rashford in the air as on the ground.

Indeed, Rashford has scored just nine headed goals as a United player. However, four of them have come this season and two in February. Our sister site – Planet Football – recently ranked all nine from worst to best.

Rashford scored home and away with his head against Leeds United earlier this month. The fact he’s now playing centrally is giving him a chance to showcase his aerial ability more and more.

Now, speaking to the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, former England boss Sam Allardyce waxed lyrical about both Rashford’s return to form and his aerial prowess.

“I’ve said before we all have a bad spell, as we’ve seen with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount,” said Allardyce.

“Rashford was pointed out for a long period of time over the last couple of seasons for having a bad spell… But it’s great to see him come fighting back and shutting everybody up, and smiling.

“All of a sudden, from somewhere Marcus Rashford has also found this unbelievable heading ability, which I’ve never seen before.

“At the moment, with the change in the fortunes of Manchester United, and this will probably be a regular occurrence.

“Marcus Rashford will be going up front with 25 minutes to go, and they’ll start playing over the top and start crossing the ball to him so they can utilise that heading ability.”

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