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Rashford rescues Manchester United

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates with teammate Mesut Ozil (left) after scoring his side's second goal, behind Watford's Jose Holebas during the English Premier League at Watford yesterday. Arsenal won 3-1.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having an off day, Manchester United turned to a striker at the opposite end of his career to keep their winning run going in the English Premier League yesterday.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench and scored two minutes into injury time to give United a 1-0 victory at Hull, lifting the team alongside Chelsea on a maximum nine points.

The 18-year-old Rashford was a revelation in the second half of last season, scoring eight goals after coming from the youth set-up to solve an injury crisis, but has been displaced by off-season signing Ibrahimovic under new coach Jose Mourinho.

Rashford came on in the 71st minute with United struggling to break down Hull's stoic defence and in danger of dropping points for the first time. Along with fellow sub Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rashford changed the dynamic of the game with his direct running and was on hand to tap in the winning goal after Wayne Rooney raced clear down the left and sent over a cross.

 

Missed out

 

The 34-year-old Ibrahimovic was well-shackled by the Hull defence and missed out on becoming only the second United player to score in his first four games for the club.

Chelsea had it much easier against another promoted club.

Eden Hazard, Willian, and Victor Moses scored in a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester and Arsenal, the top-two teams last season, racked up their first wins at the third attempt.

Jamie Vardy set champions Leicester on their way to a 2-1 win over Swansea at King Power Stadium. Wes Morgan added a second goal and Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez had a penalty saved before Leroy Fer pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Alexis Sanchez was the inspiration behind Arsenal's 3-1 victory at Watford, earning a ninth-minute penalty converted by Santi Cazorla, scoring himself, then setting up Mesut Ozil for the third goal before half-time.