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Marcus Rashford's free kick looks better when played next to David Beckham's in 2003

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Marcus Rashford has stepped up in a big way over the past few weeks. Even before Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out for the rest of the season, the teenager provided Jose Mourinho with a viable way on unlocking defences.

Using his pace and composure under pressure, the 19-year-old has managed to bag himself 11 goals across all competitions so far this term, and while that's not on the levels of Kylian Mbappe, he's shown that he can produce a moment of magic when his club needs him.

Last night when Manchester United travelled to Celta Vigo for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, the game was settled by a superb free kick from the local boy.

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They had to wait until late on, but it was well worth it and the club now have one foot in the final and an eye on a route into the Champions League next season.

However, United fans might be forgiven for thinking that they've seen that goal somewhere before...

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For years at Old Trafford, David Beckham was the club's dead ball specialist and just seeing him standing over the ball from 25 yards was enough to give goalkeepers nightmares for life.

So when Rashford's goal hit the back of the net, one United blog with a sharp memory remembered exactly where they'd seen it before.

Back in 2003 when United took on Everton at Goodison Park, they needed something special to break the deadlock. 

Step forward David Beckham...

Looking at the video, we can see that both free kicks are almost identical . They came from the same range and the same angle, and like Beckham, Rashford sent his across goal and into the other side of the net.

Neither goalkeeper had a chance of saving them, and the bend that both players managed to put on the ball is nothing short of frightening.

Rashford still has a long way to go if he hopes to be mentioned in the same breath as Beckham, but more instances like this will see him go along way towards achieving it.

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