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Rashford on target again as Man United cruise past Forest

MANCHESTER, England, Dec 27 (Reuters) – England striker Marcus Rashford continued his fine goalscoring form as Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Rashford, who scored three times for England at the World Cup in Qatar, set United on their way to victory with a well-placed finish from a corner in the 19th minute, before Anthony Martial doubled the hosts’ lead three minutes later.
Forest thought they had got back into the match midway through the first half, but Willy Boly’s goal from a free kick was ruled out for offside.
The visitors never looked like mounting a comeback, with United putting the seal on a impressive display as substitute Fred netted a late third, completing a victory that moves the fifth-placed hosts one point off the top four. Forest stay 19th.
Rashford has enjoyed a much-improved season in front of goal for club and country and, in his side’s first league game back after the World Cup, his fine near-post finish from a well-worked corner broke the deadlock in the Old Trafford drizzle.
The fine finish took Rashford’s tally to 10 for the season in all competitions, double what he managed last term, with another player who has his found his goalscoring touch again, Martial, converting Rashford’s pass to add another quickfire goal.
A lengthy VAR review was needed to rule out Boly’s goal at the far post, but otherwise United remained in control of the match.
Brazilian forward Antony wasted a glorious chance to get on the scoresheet early in the second half, but saw his close-range attempt saved. His compatriot Fred made no mistake with his late opportunity inside the penalty area.
The victory means United have now lost only once in the league since their thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City in October.
Reporting by Peter Hall Editing by Christian Radnedge
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