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English Premier League 2015-16

Teen sensation Marcus Rashford grabs brace as Manchester United dent Arsenal’s title bid

Old Trafford celebrates 3-2 win in pulsating Premier League clash that includes manager Louis Van Gaal mimicking a dive to fourth official Mike Dean in protest at what he felt was simulation by an Arsenal player

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 12:55am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 1:03am

Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford took his tally to four goals in two games as Manchester United compromised Arsenal’s Premier League title bid with a rousing 3-2 victory on Sunday.

The performance and the result [was pleasing], when you are playing against one of the best Premier League teams and can play with such ambition and performance
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

The 18-year-old, who had scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday, also set up a goal for Ander Herrera as Louis van Gaal’s side closed to within three points of the Champions League places.

Arsenal, who scored through Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil, were left five points below leaders Leicester City, while Tottenham Hotspur moved three points above them by coming from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1.

Late in the match, United manager Louis Van Gaal had the home fans roaring in their seats as he mimicked a dive to fourth official Mike Dean on the touchline in protest at what he felt was a piece of simulation by an Arsenal player.

He told BBC Sport: “The performance and the result [was pleasing], when you are playing against one of the best Premier League teams and can play with such ambition and performance.

“We played very high in the first half, that is risky against a team like Arsenal but we changed things in the second half and were very compact.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “We played with a lot of intensity, I cannot fault our commitment and spirit and desire but I feel we conceded too easy goals.
 

“I think after the game we have to be positive and prepare for the next one. We have another game on Wednesday, they come thick and fast and you want to keep a good mentality.

“We did fight until the end, we had a lot of the ball but I think we could avoid the goals with better concentration.

“I am disappointed because we lost the game but we will focus on the next one. This is a fight where you go to the next one and aim to come back even stronger.”

United are now three points below fourth-place Manchester City.