Rashford strike lifts surging Man Utd into fifth


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Rashford strike lifts surging Man Utd into fifth

Manchester United closed in once more on a top-four Premier League finish as Marcus Rashford’s fine form continued with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Leicester to move up to fifth.

Rashford cushioned Paul Pogba’s through ball into his path before blasting home his sixth goal in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 10 games in charge just nine minutes in.

A 2-2 draw at home to Burnley in midweek is the only match Solskjaer has failed to win and another victory lifts United a point above Arsenal and to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League football next season.

However, as is often the case on the road, United relied on goalkeeper David de Gea for all three points as a Leicester side that have often troubled the top six this season improved after half-time.

Twice the Spaniard stood tall to deny Jamie Vardy, but De Gea’s best save came from Rachid Ghezzal’s free-kick that arrowed towards the top corner.

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Marcus Rashford marked his 100th Manchester United appearance with the winner at Leicester as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintained his unbeaten record.

England international Rashford scored his eighth goal in 13 outings to earn a 1-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.

Solskjaer’s 10th game in charge brought a ninth win, with revived United not needing to leave third gear.

Paul Pogba and Rashford combined to seal another victory and the pair now have 12 goals under Solskjaer having struggled so badly under Jose Mourinho.

United are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Leicester, who remain 11th, paid the price for another slow start and they have won just four home games in the league this term.

Despite a promising point at Liverpool, the Foxes struggled to make an impact and boss Claude Puel was jeered after taking off talisman James Maddison in the second half.

Leicester had beaten United just once in their previous 21 meetings and Rashford sent an early warning after just four minutes.

Patient build-up ended with Luke Shaw’s teasing cross but the onrushing Rashford planted a header woefully over from four yards.

But the England hitman, who became the youngest player to reach a century of top-flight appearances for United since Ryan Giggs in 1993, redeemed himself five minutes later with a clinical finish.

It came from Ricardo Pereira gifting Pogba possession and the midfielder executed a glorious lofted pass to find Rashford, who buried a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards.

Leicester had been punished by another mistake in another slow start but it still needed Pogba’s excellence and Rashford’s efficiency.

The Foxes tried to hit back instantly but Shaw thwarted Maddison.

Leicester gradually grabbed a foothold as Alexis Sanchez, making his first league start in three months for United, struggled to make any inroads.

Maddison found space but was unable to conjure the telling pass while Jonny Evans glanced a corner off-target.

Harvey Barnes curled wide just before the break and Rashford tested Schmeichel from distance but United’s fast start had faded.

The Foxes emerged stronger after the break as Barnes flashed a ball across goal and Maddison hit the side-netting.

United goalkeeper David De Gea had to make his first serious save after an hour when he gathered Jamie Vardy’s overhead kick at the second attempt after Maddison’s free-kick hit the wall.

Maddison was then replaced by Rachid Ghezzal to cries of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ directed at Puel by the home fans.

Despite improving, the Foxes were still flat, struggling to take the handbrake off and create clear openings against a United side who kept them at arm’s length.

A set-piece looked Leicester’s best bet for an equaliser and De Gea was at full stretch to turn over Ghezzal’s 25-yard free kick with 14 minutes left.

It roused the hosts and Evans mis-kicked six yards out but United chased a second and Romelu Lukaku forced Schmeichel into a low save.

The Foxes remained in the hunt until the end, though, and Vardy’s tame effort was straight at De Gea before Schmeichel denied Anthony Martial.

Manchester United took an early lead as they extended their unbeaten run when they travelled to face Leicester in the Premier League fixture today.

Marcus Rashford latched on to a great ball from Paul Pogba and finished emphatically past Kasper Schmeichel to put United ahead after eight minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to taste defeat as caretaker manager but did see his side drop points for the first time against Burnley earlier in the week.

Speaking after the game Rashford praised Pogba for his telling impact on the side once again. “Time and time again he provides opportunities for the team,” the England international told Sky Sports at full-time. “Getting the goal sets it in stone, but we have got to keep improving.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals advice Marcus Rashford ignored

Solskjaer has joked about the failed advice he gave to Marcus Rashford ahead of Manchester United’s win away at Leicester.

The Norwegian coach had encouraged the forward to always hit the ball through the legs of Kasper Schmeichel when through on goal, however Solskjaer was happy that the forward still managed to score regardless.

When asked how much he enjoyed the finish from the Rashford, the caretaker manager told Sky Sports: “Very much so! But then again I told him (to put it) through Schmeichel’s legs, because he opens up! But it was a great finish so I can’t complain, can I?”

Solskjaer reflects on win

“We know we can play better, but you can’t play fantasy football all the time. We fought for our mates next to us, we put our heads on the line, we put our bodies on the line. It was a great defensive performance from within the box.”

A change for Rashford

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match Marcus Rashford spoke about his change in position.

“I don’t think anyone grows up just wanting to be a striker these days, the game has changed you want to be an all round forward, you want to be able to play on the left, right and number 10, play where the team needs you.”

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