Man Utd star Marcus Rashford urged to copy Edinson Cavani to rival Liverpool for title
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford needs to take lessons from team-mate Edinson Cavani’s abilities in the box according to Darren Bent, while Red Devils legend Andy Cole says the attacker must get to 20 goals this season if he wants to inspire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a Premier League title triumph. Rashford heads into 2021 in fine form having managed seven goals and seven assists in 15 Premier League matches.
Across all competitions, Rashford is on 14 strikes and eight assists in 24 appearances as he looks to surpass the 22-goal tally he managed in 44 games last season, added to 12 assists.
Rashford’s 17-goal haul in the league was the 23-year-old’s best ever return in the Premier League despite spending much of the campaign playing out on the left wing.
The England international took United to victory against Wolves in their final game of last year with a last-gasp strike and will be hoping to maintain the form that saw him score five times in the top flight in December.
United have emerged as unlikely contenders for Liverpool’s crown but in order to win the league, Cole thinks they need Rashford to break the 20-goal barrier for the first time.
Asked if Rashford is now in his peak form, ex-United and Newcastle forward Cole – who scored 121 times in 275 games in Manchester – told Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football: “I think he’s still got more, I’m going to be brutally honest with you. I think he’s got more.
“He’s a very, very talented player as we all know, five goals in December speaks volumes. But I do genuinely believe this kid can get 20-25 goals a season easily. He has the talent to do just that.
“If you watch some of his finishes this season, they’ve been fantastic. He’s definitely got a hell of a lot more to come.”
While Bent said when asked where Rashford can improve that he must look at how deadly Cavani is from close range and the spaces that he gets himself into.
Bent explained: “I think maybe in and around the six-yard box. We know that he can score spectacular goals, can go past people and has got great technique.
“Maybe the scruffy goals [he needs to score more of] in and around the six-yard boxes when it bounces around and he’s the one there tapping it in.
“If you look say Cavani’s [goal] against Southampton, them areas in and around the six-yard box, they’re freebies. That can add another five goals to his tally.”
And Cole then added: “I agree, I agree. When you’re talking about the six-yard box, you can get 10 or 12 goals a season from tap-ins there. If he adds those to his game he’s up to 20 goals a season.
“When you’re at a club like Manchester United trying to win major honours one of your boys has got to get to 20 goals a season definitely.”
Cole also assessed United’s title prospects and admitted he still considers leaders Liverpool the favourites to retain the title.
He said: “I think the form United are now in, everyone should be looking forward to the New Year very happily.
“The form has really picked up. Listening to Ole speak about the mentality, the players have picked up a hell of a lot of confidence in the results they’ve got.
“I’m sitting here quietly thinking it could possibly be so [a title-winning season]. I don’t know, I think any team that finishes above Liverpool has got a chance of winning the league.
“They need to win more football matches, United, it’s as simple as that. To get to the next stage, naturally you’ve got to bring in players as well.
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“But if you continue to win it breeds confidence. Being in that position you know what it’s about. Keep winning, keep winning, keep winning, keep adding more and more players and you’ll get there.
“You look at Liverpool, it’s taken a little bit of time for them to get there. Look at Liverpool playing now, they all believe they can go and win the Premier League again.”
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