Marcus Rashford was the star of the show as he scored one and assisted another as Manchester United eased to a comfortable home win by thrashing Nottingham Forest 3-0 to move to within a point of the top four.
Rashford opened the scoring in the 19th minute with an exquisite finish after being picked out by Christian Eriksen with a pass that looked like a corner routine straight out of the training ground, allowing the striker to exploit Forest’s failure to track his run by sweeping a first-time shot past Wayne Hennessey.
England forward went from scorer to provider only three minutes later by picking Anthony Martial with a pass from the left wing and Martial finishing coolly past a despairing Wayne Hennessey after he failed to hold the ball.
Forest’s keeper was the only reason United could not get a third, as he denied the trio of Antony, Martial and Rashford before substitute Fred was the beneficiary of a wonderful through ball from fellow Brazilian Casemiro to seal the victory with 87 minutes on the clock.
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Forest never got back in the game after that first-half deficit, although they had a goal disallowed via VAR just before the break. Their poor away scoring form continues as they have not scored a league goal away from the City Ground since 20 August and remain the second bottom. For United, the win was a fourth successive victory in all competitions and it went ahead to defy the notion that they are lacking in firepower upfront as a result of Ronaldo’s exit.