Jesse Lingard reveals comical tactic to keep Marcus Rashford in form


Eric Bailly's weird own goal gave Liverpool hope in the second half, but United held on for a first victory over their North West rivals since January, 2016.

Rumours had circulated that the England worldwide may have to look for regular game time elsewhere in the summer as he continued to be out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

In addition to being an important win for the team, it was a huge moment in the career of Marcus Rashford, who scored twice on his first league start since Boxing Day.

Manchester United are coming off from a hugely successful weekend in the Premier League which saw them record a morale-boosting 2-0 win over their biggest rivals Liverpool. And Lingard believes victories over Chelsea and Liverpool have set the standard for the remaining weeks of the season.

When asked if he expected Mourinho to play for a point despite the fact that United will be at home, Lovren said: "I think so".

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Lingard and Rashford, who both graduated from Man Utd's academy system, are very good mates and are seen together more often than not around the club's AON Training Complex. You have to take it into the game and [on Saturday] it worked. It is just the all-round game is starting to become more clear.

Mourinho said Rashford's inclusion, for his first start of the calendar year, reflected some impressive form in training as well as the absence through injury of his other left-sided attacking option Anthony Martial.

Rashford will be hoping to keep his place for the crucial Champions League second leg clash with Sevilla tomorrow (7.45pm).

With Marcus Rashford charging forward with confidence unlikely of a 20-year-old boy, it's also his style of running with the ball and the power of movement that resembles the famed Portuguese winger-turned-forward.

"He is doing well, he has come in and he has got the right mentality and he has shown the manager what he can do". In the first half, the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did.

Before the two goals, after the two goals, I thought we were dominant.