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Marcus Rashford says Laurent Koscielny is the toughest defender he has faced

Sri Nishanth
4.80K   //    16 Oct 2016, 20:34 IST
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Rashford scored a brace the only time he faced Koscielny on the pitch

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford named Arsenal’s French centre-back Laurent Koscielny as the toughest opponent he has ever faced. In a recent interview with MUTV, the 18-year-old was asked to pick his toughest opponent. “Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against” said Rashford. 

The 18-year-old in now one of the hottest youngsters in world football. The youngster broke into Manchester United’s first team after a string of injuries to their forward players. Manager Louis van Gaal picked Rashford for a Europa league game against FC Midtjylland. He rose to the occasion, scoring a brace to take Manchester United through. 

He made his Premier League debut against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. It was a game that would probably be remembered for Van Gaal’s antics on the touchline where he tried to describe a dive to the linesman. However, there was much more to take back from that game as the youngster Marcus Rashford scored a fantastic brace on his Premier League debut as well to the delight of the home supporters.

Ironically, in the only game that Rashford has come head to head with Laurent Koscielny, the forward managed to net a brace. The striker also added that his biggest ambition in football would be to win the Champions League. He claimed that his proudest moment so far was his Manchester United first team debut. 

Rashford has made a fantastic start to the 2016-17 season with Manchester United under new manager Jose Mourinho. The forward was initially benched for the first two games but came on in an important game against Hull City.

Also Read: EPL 2016-17: Why Marcus Rashford needs to start more often for Manchester United

In the dying moments of the game, he latched onto a cross from teammate Wayne Rooney to score the winning goal. He has since cemented his place in the team as one of the most important players.   

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool and Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea shake hands after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
It wasn’t a great game for Mourinho’s team when they faced Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United will now travel to Anfield to face their old foes in Liverpool. The Red have had a fantastic start to their season under Jurgen Klopp with 16 points from seven games including wins against Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester City and a draw against Tottenham which means they have earned 10 of their 16 points from 4 of the top 7 teams in the league. 

The last time Jurgen Klopp faced Jose Mourinho, it was Klopp’s Liverpool who beat Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1. Jurgen Klopp has also got the better of Mourinho when he was the manager of Borussia Dortmund when he beat Mourinho’s Real Madrid 4-1 thanks to Robert Lewandowski.

Also Read: The 5 head-to-heads between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp

Dortmund also beat Real Madrid in the group stage in the Champions League while the only occasion when Mourinho beat Jurgen Klopp was the return leg of the Champions League semi-finals when Real won 2-0. 

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Sri Nishanth
Third year Sports Management student studying at Loughborough University. From Chennai, India and based in Loughborough, UK.
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