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Marcus Rashford’s instant bond with Romelu Lukaku

In Manchester United’s first Premier League fixture Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with an accurate finish from Marcus Rashford’s through ball following a piercing run from the youngster. This was no surprise to the United Academy product as he had already felt a connection with United’s summer signing. While speaking to MUTV, Rashford had this to say about his relationship with Lukaku:

“It’s just clicked, we’ve got that understanding.

“We’d never met before his arrival, and we didn’t know what each other were like, but when we got on the pitch together we just knew where each other was.”

This was likely a result of both players having great strikers instincts and sharing the same view of where a striker would make runs on the pitch. Both players share searing pace and a tendency to make runs in behind the defensive line as Lukaku did for the aforementioned goal against West Ham. This was the first glimpse fans had of how the two players can perform in the same team, allaying fears that the recruitment of Lukaku would stunt Rashford’s playing time. Should their relationship on the pitch improve, it could have the opposite effect, instead helping them improve their creative link up play. Rashford suggested that such improvement would benefit United going forward:

“Hopefully we can keep growing the relationship more and more. Obviously its only in the early stages, and the better we get at playing together, the better the results will be for the team.”

With United hoping to make an impression in the UEFA Champions League this season, Rashford was asked about how his bond with Lukaku might one day measure up to the potent partnership that Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole once unleashed for United at home and in Europe. The Yorke and Cole partnership fired United to a historic treble in 1999 but Rashford’s keeping his feet firmly on the ground:

“It would be great if we could be like them, but the most important thing is for us to work for the team together.”

Rashford would rather focus on the performance of the current team and look at recent performances as a guide as to how United can break down this weekend’s opponents Stoke City:

“Every game has been tough in its own right, a lot of the goals we’ve scored have been late in the game, and they’ve come from sticking to what we believe in. We’ve got to go to Stoke with the right attitude and mentality to make sure we get the three points.”

Rashford’s will to win the match will be echoed by all members of the club and the fans. That will be easier said than done against a Stoke City team who United failed to beat home or away last season. Manager, Jose Mourinho, has already identified the difficulty in preparing his players following the international break having only had a few days with the players in recent days. Rashford will be hoping he gets another opportunity to combine successfully with Lukaku but he’ll be even happier for the three points.

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