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March Review: Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw put in great performances as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the job

Manchester United played five matches in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the Emirates FA Cup in March, winning three and losing twice. United scored nine goals, conceded eight goals, kept no clean sheets, won six Premier League points, exited the FA Cup but earned a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also given the permanent position as United manager in March, guiding his team back to winning ways after back to back defeats in the Premier League and the FA Cup. United, though, will need to be on top of their game, especially defensively, after a poor month of conceding goals and losing important matches.

During March, United had four different goal scorers and three players with assists; Romelu Lukaku scored four goals, Marcus Rashford scored twice, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial both scored one each. In terms of assists, Luke Shaw got two, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira got one each. No clean sheets were kept in March.

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Romelu Lukaku – three appearances, 270 minutes played, four goals, two MOTM performances

Romelu Lukaku started the month in fine fettle, just where he left off in February. He scored a brace against Southampton, including the all-important winner in the 88th minute. He then scored a brace against Paris Saint-Germain inside 30 minutes, which helped put United into the quarter-finals. He missed the two matches due to injury.

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Marcus Rashford – five appearances, 450 minutes played, two goals

Marcus Rashford has emerged as a great forward in the past few seasons, getting better as each one passes. In March, Rashford scored two goals; a crucial penalty winner against PSG to put United into the quarter-finals against Barcelona and the opening goal against Watford on Saturday. The 21-year-old is high in confidence and loves being at United.

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Luke Shaw – five appearances, 450 minutes played, two assists, two MOTM performances

Luke Shaw has emerged as a competent left-back this season, his first that has not been interrupted by terrible injuries. Shaw played in all five matches in March, grabbed himself two assists; against both Wolves and Watford (both times assisting Rashford). Shaw had two Man of the Match performances and will be raring to go in April.

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Notable Mentions: Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial

United started March well, although it contained two defeats in the middle of the month. Many players helped United achieve what they did in March. Andreas Pereira scored a cracking goal against Southampton, assisting another in the same match. Diogo Dalot got stuck in too, getting an assist (for Pereira in the same game). Anthony Martial also scored against Watford.

Who is your Player of the Month for March 2019?

A look at what lies ahead in April…

In April, United will play seven matches, many of which will be tough. United start the month away to Wolverhampton Wanderers (2/4). Barcelona at home will be up next (10/4), followed by West Ham United at home (13/4). Then Barcelona away (16/4), followed by Everton away (21/4). United end the month at home with two tough matches; Manchester City (24/4) and Chelsea (28/4).

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