Wayne Rooney just got an up-close look at the man who could replace him as the team’s starting forward as teenage sensation Marcus Rashford scored against Aston Villa from Rooney’s traditional place up front.
The Man United captain got his first start in two months but manager Louis van Gaal decided to place him in the No. 10 position behind Rashford rather than move him up front as usual.
The decision quickly paid dividends as Rashford accepted a pass from Antonio Valencia that he slipped past an Aston Villa defender and goalkeeper Brad Guzan for an early Man United lead.
The goal for Rashford was his fourth in seven BPL matches and his seventh in 12 total games since making an unexpected debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland.
Man United were mathemetically eliminated from Premier League title contention last week but can still clinch a spot in the Champions League if they can run down arch-rival Man City.
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