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Man Utd morning headlines as Rashford praised and Fosu-Mensah decision explained

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Rashford explains improvement in United’s attacking play

United striker Marcus Rashford has explained how he is trying to become more ruthless in front of goal after the Reds’ crucial 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday night.

The England international scored the first goal of the game to send United on their way to a win that keeps them well in the hunt for a Champions League place, and Rashford revealed how he is learning to get his shots away quicker.

“I am trying to be clever inside the box and find half a yard to get a shot off,” he told BT Sport after the game.

“It’s the pattern of play that we do before that’s the positive. It’s what we’ve been improving on and it’s the reason we’ve been scoring so many goals in the last few games.”

Solskjaer praises Rashford and Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Anthony Martial and Rashford for praise after both attackers scored in United’s 2-0 win over Palace.

The two players have now scored 44 times between them this season, with their goals at Selhurst Park crucial in keeping United hot on the tails of Chelsea and Leicester City in the race to finish in the top four.

“Marcus is just enjoying himself,” Solskjaer said after the victory. “Enjoying his football. 

“Him and Anthony together link really well off each other and when I can see those boys, with that body language of smiling and positive, I’m delighted.”

Solskjaer explains Fosu-Mensah selection

Timothy Fosu-Mensah was handed a surprise place in United’s starting line-up against Palace and Solskjaer has explained why.

With both Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams out through injury, the 22-year-old was preferred over Diogo Dalot on the left side of the defence, with Solskjaer saying his training ground performances had convinced him he deserved the nod.

“I’ve seen Timothy in training and seen him before with his pace and physicality, and his attributes,” the Norwegian said . “We thought he deserved to play this game and he proved that, he showed it.”

He added: “On Timothy, 16 months since the last game he’s played, he’s worked hard and I’m delighted for him.

“I know all about having injuries – knee injuries – and how great it must have felt for him to be out there. He lasted a full game and he played as we wanted him to; he defended really well. We knew it would be [Andros] Townsend and [Wilfried] Zaha to play against; tricky players to play against.”

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