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Marcus Rashford just scored a stunning free-kick against Celta Vigo

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Marcus Rashford has emerged as a real key player for Manchester United recently. Even before Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up a season-ending injury, the young forward provided Jose Mourinho with another option going forward.

Where the Swede had magnetic brilliance, Rashford had pace and composure in spades, and the Portuguese tactician knows that those qualities are often enough to unlock even the most stubborn defences.

Going into the game with Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final, the England international had 10 goals to his name for the season, and when United fans pinned their hopes on him being the man to do the damage, he had no hesitation in obliging.

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The first half proved to be a frustrating experience for the teenager. Having been thwarted by an excellent save from Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez with an excellent save, he then poked the ball through for Jesse Lingard into a prime scoring opportunity, only Alvarez was there again.

But in the second half he wasted little time in helping United take one giant step towards the final.

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With just under 70 minutes on the clock, the Red Devils won a free kick around 25 yards out just to the right of the goal.

Rashford, alongside Dutch international Daley Blind stood over the ball. Many expected the defender to strike the ball, given that the angle would favour a left-footer.

But Rashford took it upon himself to unleash a furious curled effort past the now helpless Alvarez. Check the video below...

His right-footed strike sailed to the right hand side of the keeper, sailing over the wall, who all thought that the strike would head towards the other side.

It was a relatively simple move that bamboozled the entire team and paid off brilliantly.

Rashford's influence on the side in recent weeks has been something that belies his tender 19 years, and he has begun to look like he will have no problem in fulfilling his enormous potential if he continues to play and learn in the way he has so far.

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