Marcus Rashford shines as Man United thrash Nottingham Forest

Marcus Rashford

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.


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