Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-0 at Old Trafford to make this his most-prolific season ever and move Erik ten Hag’s side within three points of second place in the Premier League.
Rashford, who has now surpassed his previous tally of 22 with 24 goals, gave the hosts the lead against the run of play in the first half after a strong start from Leicester before doubling their advantage following a VAR intervention to overrule an offside.
Leicester collapsed somewhat in the second half and substitute Jadon Sancho added United’s third – playing in a new No 10 role after replacing Alejandro Garnacho at half-time – as Ten Hag’s side took full advantage of second-placed Man City drawing at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Marcel Sabitzer was fortunate not to be sent off for a high challenge on Leicester defender Wout Faes at the end of the first half and United had to rely on two huge saves from goalkeeper David De Gea in the opening 20 minutes as they rode their luck under early pressure from the Foxes, whose three-game winning run comes to an end.
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United have made Old Trafford a fortress again under Ten Hag, extending their unbeaten home run to 17 games, ahead of the visit of Barcelona on Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League play-off game with the scores finely poised at 2-2. They then face Newcastle three days later in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.