Marcus Rashford found the net again as Manchester United eased past Nottingham Forest 3-0 on Tuesday, with the England international scoring in consecutive games since returning from World Cup duty in Qatar.
First-half goals from Rashford and Anthony Martial and a late third from Fred at a rain-soaked Old Trafford were all Erik ten Hag’s side needed to secure the win and move up to fifth place in the Premier League on 29 points.
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Newly promoted Nottingham Forest continued their struggles on the road and were down two inside of 25 minutes after Rashford finished with aplomb on a training-ground special from a corner kick and then set up Martial to double the lead on a blazing counter-attack.
A Forest goal just before half-time looked to have gotten Steve Cooper’s side back in the match, but VAR ruled it out for offside and United took their 2-0 lead into the dressing room.
Wayne Hennessey kept the visitors within touching distance, pulling off a pair of great saves midway through the second half to keep attempts from Antony and Rashord out.
Fred came off the bench and smashed home his wide-open chance from another counter-attack to seal the points for United and leave Forest in the relegation zone in 19th place on 13 points.
Rashford is in the midst of a remarkable goalscoring run, netting three times for England in Qatar and scoring last Wednesday in United’s Carabao Cup win over Burnley, before adding to his tally against Forest.
Despite playing all five of England’s games at the World Cup, United captain Harry Maguire was left out of Ten Hag’s starting XI with Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Aaron Wan-Bissaka starting at the back.