Marcus Rashford has already named two Manchester United teammates who he believes will help him score against Arsenal.
Man Utd face Premier League rivals Arsenal on Sunday, looking for a win that will put them in the title fight. Man Utd will be trying to get back to winning ways when they face Premier League table-toppers Arsenal on Sunday, in order to put themselves right in the title battle.
Erik ten Hag’s side are in the midst of a tough run of January fixtures following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace midweek. United appeared to be on track to climb into second place after Bruno Fernandes scored late in the first half with a looping attempt.
However, Michael Olise’s last-gasp free kick denied the visitors all three points at Selhurst Park. The encounter marked the first time in recent weeks that United forward Marcus Rashford did not score.
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Since returning from the World Cup in Qatar, the England international has scored eight goals in as many games and has been a tremendously prominent figure for his club. Rashford will be looking to get back on the books against Arsenal on Sunday, after scoring twice in their previous encounter earlier this season as United won 3-1 at Old Trafford.
The forward scored two goals, but his teammate Christian Eriksen was named Man of the Match. of the Match award for an impressive performance, and Rashford applauded him after the game. In his assessment of the Dane’s performance, he made special mention of the supply of passes from his teammate throughout the game – as well as the contribution of Bruno Fernandes in helping him get behind the opponent’s backline.
“It’s a massive game against Arsenal, the fact they’ve had such a good start to the season meant it was a big test for us,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “We showed up, we stood up to the challenge, we can be proud of ourselves.
“Sharp turnaround to the next game but it’s nice to get into the rhythm of things and keep playing games. It was tough, they are a good team, they know the principles, they’re a good position-based team. [They] offer a lot of difficult things with players dropping in pockets and some attacking threat, it’s a difficult game and we expected so we had to be up for the challenge.
“We’ve got some excellent passes of the ball and as long as we make three, four, five runs then we’re going to get the ball. We might not get it the first time but we have to keep going for 90 minutes.
“It’s tough, we have to give them possession where they can’t hurt because like I said they’re a good team, we tried to give the ball at the back and let them have time there then press them on the side.
There’s a couple of times they got through the press, they are electric when they get going. It’s really important to keep going when Bruno, Chris are on the ball. It’s important to make them runs and give them options and we managed to do that.”
All three players will then, it seems, need to be on song if United are to claim a massive three points on Sunday to haul themselves right into the Premier League title race.