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'I CAN DO IT LIKE HIM'

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford reveals he can take free-kicks like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo… he just hasn’t shown it yet

Manchester United forward insists his set-piece ability is just as good as the Real Madrid superstar and he just has not shown fans it yet

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford says he can take free-kicks like Old Trafford legend Cristiano Ronaldo – but says he has not shown it yet.

The 19-year-old forward has become a key part of the Red Devils first-team since his stunning breakthrough two seasons ago.

Marcus Rashford says he can take free-kicks just as good as Cristiano Ronaldo

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Marcus Rashford says he can take free-kicks just as good as Cristiano Ronaldo

The Red Devils hot shot has already shown his set-piece ability but only found the net once from a free-kick

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The Red Devils hot shot has already shown his set-piece ability but only found the net once from a free-kick

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And now he is even getting set-piece responsibility in Jose Mourinho’s side.

He demonstrated his dead-ball capabilities on Saturday as he set-up a Marouane Fellaini to head home in United’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

However, despite only scoring once for the club from a free-kick against Celta Vigo in April, he insists his ability is just as good as the Real Madrid superstar – but he tries to do things his own way.

Rashford, referring to that Europa League strike against the Spaniards, said: “No, it’s actually different.

“I can do it like he (Ronaldo) does it but I haven’t done it yet.”

Ronaldo became famous for his stunning technique from free-kicks during his six years at the Theatre of Dreams.

Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for his set-piece abilities

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Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for his set-piece abilities

The Real Madrid has scored numerous goals from dead ball situations

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The Real Madrid has scored numerous goals from dead ball situations

And he has continued that trend on at the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, Rashford has struck the net six times in eleven matches for club and country so far this campaign.

He is currently with Gareth Southgate’s England squad preparing to take on Slovenia and Lithuania in the country’s final World Cup qualifiers.

Rashford insists he wants to have a different technique on free-kicks from the Madrid star

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Rashford insists he wants to have a different technique on free-kicks from the Madrid star

Rashford scored from a set-piece against Celta Vigo in April

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Rashford scored from a set-piece against Celta Vigo in April

Cristiano Ronaldo became well-known for his free-kick taking during his time at Old Trafford

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Cristiano Ronaldo became well-known for his free-kick taking during his time at Old Trafford

He bagged the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Slovakia last time out.

Now he looks set to start on Thursday at Wembley against Slovenia and win his 12th cap.