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    Rashford is a ‘slim fighting machine’, says former Manchester United captain Keane

    According to former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, Marcus Rashford looks like a “lean fighting machine”.

    The England international maintained his excellent form as he gave United the lead in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

    Rashford has scored 18 goals for the Red Devils this season, with only Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (31) scoring more for a Premier League club.

    “We were at the field when the players came out and he looked lean. You wouldn’t want to go against him – all the best,” Keane told Sky Sports.

    “He looks like a lean war machine.”

    The 25-year-old has thrived under Erik ten Hag, posting significant gains from his five goals in 32 games (18 starts) over last season.

    “Sometimes it’s all about confidence – that’s where he’s at his peak right now. Over the past few years he has played many games for United and big games for England,” Keane added.

    “Sometimes a penny falls for a player in terms of decision making and getting the ball into the net. And they needed him.

    “The question mark I’ve had over Marcus for the last few years is does he have the personality to come up to the plate?

    “United have had some great strikers over the years and I think they need someone like that. Marcus has to say that he wants this responsibility to be the main person. The best players appear every week. It looks like he’s enjoying this responsibility now, which is great to see.”

    Keane was told that Rashford has flourished since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring 10 goals in 10 games in all competitions since the end of the 2022 World Cup, more than any player for clubs in Europe’s big five leagues at the time. .

    “When a player leaves the club, the responsibility passes to another player,” Keane replied.

    “He is 25, no longer a child, sometimes, when the time comes, you can be ready for this. He no longer has minor injuries in his groin, he seems to have recovered. Psychologically, he looks great, and it’s huge. He said that, in his opinion, he was distracted from football too much, and being a better footballer is quite difficult.

    “So by putting other things on the backburner and focusing on being the best player for Manchester United, he saw that he had his priorities right.”

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