Marcus Rashford closing in on Wayne Rooney record for Manchester United vs Liverpool FC

Marcus Rashford could hold the key to success for Manchester United when they host fierce rivals Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Rashford, 23, has been in fantastic form for United since he returned from injury during the international break, scoring twice against Blackburn in a behind-closed-doors friendly match before following it up with strikes against Leicester and Atalanta in the past seven days.

The England international will be hoping to continue his scoring run against Jurgen Klopp’s side this weekend and he heads into the match boosted by an impressive record against them.

Rashford famously netted twice as Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford back in 2018 and if he bags another brace this weekend he will equal Wayne Rooney’s record in the fixture.

In the Premier League, only Rooney, six goals, has scored more times for United against Liverpool than Rashford, who has four goals in eight appearances.

Rashford suffered a dead leg in the Champions League win over Atalanta and is a slight doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.

“I don’t know,” Solskjaer replied when asked if Rashford would be ready for the Premier League fixture this weekend. “I hope so and I think so. It’s a dead leg. Sometimes that can take longer than what you want but if we treat it well he should be okay.

“He’s worked really hard. His injury was, or [because of] the surgery, he couldn’t train with contact but he’s been training physically and now he’s physically robust.

“It’s about getting his football form back in. Marcus is a natural talent but he wants to work on his game and he has worked without contact allowed and today he took us his goal really well.”

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