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Zlatan Ibrahimovic applauds Marcus Rashford's run in Manchester United friendly

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at Manchester United has the potential to have a huge impact on Marcus Rashford’s career.

The England hero burst onto the scene last season, scoring eight goals in 12 appearances for the Red Devils, and, despite being just 18-years-old, is set to play a key role for United this season.

He showed Jose Mourinho just what he’s about with a brilliant run that led to United being awarded a penalty in their win pre-season friendly against Galatasaray in Sweden.

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Latching onto a pass from Wayne Rooney, the pacy forward burst forward before cutting into the box. He managed to create a yard with a neat stepover and the Galatasaray defender, knowing he was beaten, carelessly bundled into Rashford.

Rooney dispatched the ensuing spot kick.

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Ibrahimovic reacts

Rooney scores the penalty

There are some concerns over how much game time the striker will receive under a manager not particular known to push the development of his young players, but Rashford is certainly going about the right way.

And even if Ibrahimovic starts the majority of games up front, Rashford will be a useful addition off the bench towards the end of games.

Mourinho even hinted at the possibility of starting the two together, claiming they pair have a perfect blend of youth and experience.

One is at the end of his career; the other’s is only just beginning. But in Rashford and Ibrahimovic, United have an enviable centre-forward duo.

How many goals will Rashford and Ibrahimovic each score next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
England Football
Football
Premier League
Marcus Rashford
Juan Mata

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