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Man United v Basel: Can Marcus Rashford continue his remarkable debut record tonight?

Marcus Rashford is no stranger to the limelight.

His meteoric rise in recent years has propelled him to the forefront of both Manchester United and England fans’ hopes for the next generation.

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Marcus Rashford has been a key home-grown cog for Man United since his emergence

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Rashford has been a key home-grown cog for Man United since his emergence

And his impact on his various debuts suggests the hype is justified.

Rashford appears to save his best for his first appearances in every competition, boasting a remarkable SEVEN debut goals after he scored on his full World Cup qualifying bow against Slovakia last week.

His strikes have come on his:

  • Manchester United/Europa League debut (v Midtjylland in February 2016)
  • Premier League debut (v Arsenal in February 2016)

Rashford celebrates against Arsenal

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Rashford celebrates against Arsenal
  • Manchester derby debut (v Manchester City in March 2016)
  • England debut (v Australia in May 2016)

The youngster is mobbed by his new England team-mates in 2016

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The youngster is mobbed by his new England team-mates in 2016
  • England Under-21 debut (v Norway in September 2016)
  • League Cup debut (v Northampton in September 2016)

Another debut ticked off the list, this time in the League Cup

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Another debut ticked off the list, this time in the League Cup
  • World Cup qualifying (v Slovakia in September 2017)

That’s a rather impressive and eclectic mix.

So what’s left for him to tick off? Yep, you guessed it, the Champions League.

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Rashford and his in-form United team-mates take on Basel at Old Trafford tonight in Group A of Europe’s elite competition hoping to extend their unbeaten run to the season.

It hasn't taken Rashford long to discuss the art of levitation

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It hasn’t taken Rashford long to discuss the art of levitation

Why Rashford is a safe bet for first goalscorer tonight

United are flying in the Premier League, sitting top on goal difference from neighbours Manchester City after smashing 12 goals in four games.

And Rashford has played a vital role in that vibrant attacking unit, scoring or assisting a goal every 83 minutes of action (2 goals, 1 assist).

Romelu Lukaku is excited by the partnership he can form with Marcus Rashford

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Rashford and Lukaku are forging an exciting understanding

7.5% of Dream Team managers have selected the 19-year-old this week – a smart move in our eyes.

So can he deliver the goods again tonight and make it a remarkable EIGHT debut goals?


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