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Martial and Rashford have impressed this season.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can replicate famous partnership

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Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can strike up a Manchester United partnership akin to that of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke following recent victories over Manchester City and Everton.

The Red Devils now sit fifth in the Premier League as a result, having helped lift the pressure of Louis van Gaal after their Europa League exit to Liverpool before the international break.

And the performances of Rashford and Martial have drawn comparisons with that of Cole and Yorke, who famously helped the club win the treble under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.

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For all the mistakes Van Gaal has made during his spell at Old Trafford, there can be no doubting his brilliance when United play against the bigger Premier League sides.

Their 1-0 win over City at the Etihad Stadium means they have won 18 points against teams in the top six, including two wins over Liverpool and a smashing victory against Arsenal at home.

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Rashford was the superstar against the Citizens, surging past the experienced Martin Demichelis in the 16th minute to coolly slot past Joe Hart, but Martial was similarly lethal as he gave Bacary Sagna a horrid afternoon at right-back.

United now have renewed hope of securing Champions League football for a second consecutive season, whilst those at City will fear having to settle for the Europa League under Pep Guardiola next season.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

It speaks volumes of how Rashford and Martial have impressed that Memphis Depay, one of Europe's brightest young players last season, cannot force his way into Van Gaal's starting XI.

Together, the pair have scored 18 goals across all competitions - two more than Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao managed last term - with Rashford usurping Falcao's total for last campaign with his five strikes.

Cole and Yorke helped United win trophies aplenty, often sacrificing individual recognition to aid their strike partner - and Rashford and Martial can do the very same if they opt to remain at Old Trafford for years to come.

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

United may have endured a difficult campaign, but Van Gaal’s faith in youth has been one of his only successes at the club and could be a lasting legacy should he depart this summer.

Alongside Rashford and Martial, youngsters such as Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela have also forced their way into the first team. The future looks bright at the Theatre of Dreams.

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