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Marcus Rashford hails 'top' Man Utd star who gives Red Devils something 'different'


Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has praised fellow Red Devils forward Edinson Cavani for his impact since joining the club on a free transfer during the summer window. The 33-year-old has popped up with a number of important goals this season, scoring three times in eight Premier League appearances.

Cavani has adopted the role of an impact sub under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, usually being introduced during the second half to run at tired legs and switch things up in attack for United.

He came off the bench to help the Red Devils to a point against high-flying Leicester City on Saturday, setting up Bruno Fernandes’ late strike before Axel Tuanzebe’s subsequent own goal denied United the victory.

Rashford, who has registered 12 goal contributions in 14 league matches this season, has given a glowing assessment of the experienced Uruguayan’s first campaign at Old Trafford, claiming that he provides a number of important qualities needed to win games.

“He’s a top player, he has lots of qualities and I think he gives us another dimension that’s different to what we already have in the team,” Rashford told United’s club website.

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“It’s good to play with him and to see him scoring and assisting is important for any forward and we need to keep up between us what we’ve been doing.

“For that goal [against Leicester], it was all the way from the back… I think it was Eric [Bailly] who stepped up and played a good ball through the lines.

“It was a great turn from Edinson and he drove at Jonny [Evans] who then had a decision to make, whether to step out to him or stay back and let him shoot.

“Edinson played a nice pass and it was a good goal, but to concede and to throw it away is difficult to take. It feels like a loss in the changing room.

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“I think we deserved to win the game and we had the chances to win the game, but we didn’t quite get over the line. Now we just need to recover and go again in the next one.”

Solskjaer claimed after the final whistle at the King Power Stadium that United should have taken maximum points against the Foxes, having taken the lead twice only to see themselves pegged back both times.

“Disappointed that we don’t win – loads of big chances and we could have finished it off, but they’re a very dangerous side,” said the United boss. “One point is not the worst result but we’re disappointed we didn’t get three.”

United are enjoying a spell of good form in the Premier League, having not lost a match since the narrow home defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of November.

Solskjaer’s side face a couple of tough tests going forward, with Wolves the visitors to Old Trafford on Tuesday before Aston Villa make the trip to the Theatre of Dreams on New Year’s Day.





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