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Opinion: How Rashford is winning the fight to become Manchester United’s first-choice No.9

Opinion: How Rashford is winning the fight to become Manchester United’s first-choice No.9

The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revolution at Manchester United reached a new high over the weekend after the Norwegian guided his side to a 1-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley. 

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal on the day after Paul Pogba picked him out with an exquisite pass, making it five Premier League wins on the bounce for the Red Devils.

Thanks to Rashford, Manchester United are now level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and are only six behind Chelsea despite previously being in such a poor position under Jose Mourinho, and the 21-year-old looks well on course to spearheading his team to more victories.

Like most of the Manchester United squad, Rashford endured difficult periods when Mourinho was at the helm and rarely played in his preferred position up front with the Portuguese coach loyal to his signing Romelu Lukaku.

Under Solskjaer, though, roles looked to have been reversed with Rashford now leading the line and Lukaku out of the starting XI — and rightly so.

The Belgian has been poor this season with his goalless runs fully exposing his limitations as a footballer, whereas Rashford, even when not managing to find the back of the net, has provided the Red Devils with something thanks to his persistent runs in behind.

Going forward, the England international could be Manchester United’s perfect No.9.

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