PERTH, Australia (AP) Unsettled Paul Pogba provided the backheel flick for England striker Marcus Rashford to score in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over the A-League’s Perth Glory on Saturday at Perth Stadium.
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With his back to the goal in the 60th minute, Rashford took Pogba’s pass, swiveled and lashed a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the Perth net.
Midfielder James Garner, who had been on the pitch for only a minute, scored United’s second goal in the 85th on a long-range volley after a mix-up in the Perth defense.
After a scoreless first half, Rashford and Pogba were two of 11 changes for United at the start of the second. Pogba’s future with the club has been the subject of much speculation after saying that he wants to play elsewhere in Europe next season despite having two years left on his contract.
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Daniel James started for the visitors but fellow summer signing and right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was on the bench until halftime.
Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof were not included in the lineup.
United is in Perth for 10 days and two matches. Its second match is next Wednesday against Leeds at the same Perth Stadium.
Manchester United 21-year-old Marcus Rashford has signed a new rich contract with the club, tying him to his boyhood team for four years with an option for a fifth.
Rashford has scored 45 times in 170 appearances for United, adding 26 assists. He’s scored 13 times in each of the past two seasons across all competitions.
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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called Rashford “a shining example” of the club.
With his quotes, Rashford helped illustrate why he’s so well-liked around Old Trafford:
“Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt.”
Rashford has been capped 32 times by England, scoring seven times.
The question moving forward is whether he can take the next step. He won’t turn 22 until Halloween, and this season promises to be his best chance yet to thrive as the No. 1 center forward (Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave Old Trafford).
Marcus Rashford is on the verge of getting a massive pay raise at Manchester United.
According to the Telegraph, Rashford is close to agreeing on a new four-year contract with a fifth year option year worth around $16.5 million per year. The report adds that with incentives hit, it can be worth as much as almost $20 million per season.
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In May 2016, after Rashford’s breakout half-season with Manchester United, the young striker signed a new contract through June 2020 that paid him around $1.3 million annually.
Now 21-years old, Rashford has grown as a player and has earned the trust of Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The report states Rashford is expected to be the starting center forward this coming season, with Romelu Lukaku expected to depart this summer. Inter Milan is a potential landing spot.
In 111 Premier League appearances, Rashford has scored 27 goals and 14 assists. Last season, Rashford had 10 goals and seven assists in Premier League action, and another three goals in all competitions.
It’s a big deal for both player and club. Rashford, as a young rising striker with a relatively low salary, could have been signed by just about any big club in Europe this summer, so for Man United to lock him down for another four to five years, it’s a huge coup. Meanwhile, for Rashford, he clearly will enjoy a big pay raise, get to play in front of his family and potentially be part of a project of returning Manchester United to former glory.
The report states Man United hope that they can announce the new contract before the team heads out to Australia for preseason training on July 6.
The fairytale ending didn’t materialize for Manchester United, as Lionel Messi and Barcelona thumped their visitors 3-0 on Tuesday at the Camp Nou to win the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal 4-0 on aggregate.
Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho also scored as Barca advanced to meet the winner of Liverpool and Porto.
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United controlled the ball off the opening kickoff, and Paul Pogba sent Marcus Rashford on goal only to see the young striker rip a shot over the cross bar.
United had the better of the early chances, but Ivan Rakitic’s charge for a loose ball saw him trip over the outstretched leg of Fred in the box. It wasn’t intentional, and the decision would go to VAR.
Barca went ahead minutes later, as Messi cut in from the right to swerve a sensational strike around the diving De Gea.
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And it was 2-0 before long, 3-0 on aggregate, as Messi’s low drive took a slight turn off Phil Jones but still seemed destined for De Gea’s arms only to squirt underneath the United keeper.
De Gea made a face save before halftime to deny Sergi Roberto and Messi in their bid to ice the contest.
Coutinho put it to bed with just under a half-hour to play, and Liverpool fans have seen this a time or two.
Manchester United are nearing a return to full(er) strength after yet another lengthy injury crisis, but the majority of those closest to seeing the field are still likely to miss out on Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Barcelona.
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Chief among them is Marcus Rashford, who happens to be closest to returning to game action. Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed on Tuesday that Rashford participated in a portion of first-team training 24 hours before the clash at Old Trafford, but the 21-year-old sounds a 50-50 doubt at best — quotes from the BBC:
“Hopefully he will be ready. He needed extra warm-up and hopefully he won’t get a reaction. He joined part of (training) at the end, but he couldn’t join the fun part of training.”
Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic is a long shot to feature after he was an unused substitute during the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers and was then unable to train now a week later.
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Ander Herrera is “probably out,” according to Solskjaer, while Alexis Sanchez has been officially ruled out of consideration to face his former club on Wednesday.
On a somewhat positive note, full backs Luke Shaw (two games) and Ashley Young (one game) will be available once again despite being suspended from domestic competition.