Marcus Rashford is feeling confident ahead of the Everton game, despite Paul Pogba’s injury

Marcus Rashford is confident of the strength of the Manchester United squad, despite Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury. Speaking after the 3-0 Champions League win over FC Basel, Rashford rated the current United squad very highly. The Englishman backed the rest of the squad to deal with the injury to Paul Pogba well in Sunday’s match at Old Trafford against Everton.

“That’s why you have such a strong squad, it’s good for the manager, it’s good for the players as well because we’re always playing for competition. I think the competition is always positive competition because we’re improving each other every day when we’re in training and in the games we’re pushing each other more and more. It’s a bit of a headache for the manager but it is a good headache to have.”

The 19-year-old striker continued an impressive trend of scoring on debuts on Tuesday night when he scored as a substitute in his first ever Champions League appearance. Rashford finished from Marouane Fellaini’s cutback to seal the three points and help put United top of Group A after the first matchday.

Rashford also acknowledged the importance of Paul Pogba after the Frenchman suffered a hamstring injury against Basel. Captain for the night, Pogba went off after just 19 minutes and was replaced by goal scorer and man of the match Marouane Fellaini.

“Paul’s going to be a massive miss and hopefully we can get him back fit as soon as possible.”

Despite Pogba’s injury, Jose Mourinho still has Ander Herrera, who was not in the squad against Basel, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Michael Carrick as midfield options. Incredibly, Carrick has not even played a minute of first team football so far, this season. This underlines the strength of the Manchester United squad this year.

Looking forward to the Everton game on Sunday, Rashford is hoping to make it three home wins out of three in the Premier League.

“We have to play every game to win. If we want to be champions, then we have to win them types of games (like Sunday’s).”

The England international does, however, realise that Everton will pose a tough test, following the signings of former Red Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and more this summer.

“It’s going to be difficult. Everton are a really strong team. They made some good signings in the summer and you know they’ve got strength all around the pitch so we have to come here and try and get the result.”

On a personal level, Rashford admitted to struggling to deal with being in and out the team this year, competing with Anthony Martial for one place.

“It’s difficult when you’re in and out of the team, but we have to find the positives out of it and I think we have both done that.”

Despite the competition for places, the Englishman has already scored three goals for United so far, this season, as well as one for England in the 2-1 win over Slovakia. United’s number 19 has also chipped in with three assists for club and country.

The Manchester born striker kissed the badge in front of the Stretford End after scoring against Basel and will be hoping to score again this weekend against Everton.

Written by Ben Lyons


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