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Rashford targets dream Manchester United goal against fierce rivals City

By Simon Peach

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford dreams of continuing his remarkable year by netting against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. In eight months the 18-year-old has gone from relatively unknown academy prospect to one of the most feted young players in world football and hero of the Stretford End.

Few could have foreseen Rashford's debut brace in February's 5-1 Europa League win against FC Midtjylland and certainly not the way that form continued, swiftly going on to represent England and net 12 goals in all for his club.

Tonight offers the chance to improve that tally and score a dream United goal when City arrive for a fascinatingly-poised EFL Cup fourth round clash.

Asked what his dream goal would be, Rashford said: "It would be a home goal against City, definitely.

"Scoring against them away was a massive moment for me, so I can only imagine what a home goal would be like."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic knows a thing or two about scoring in derbies, but a difficult run of one goal in eight appearances has strengthened Rashford's case to lead the line against City.

The 18-year-old has the attitude to do that, along with his impressive aptitude, as highlighted when scoring to secure March's 1-0 win at the Etihad.

"The game was quite an even one so it could have gone either way," Rashford said.

"We were attacking and then they were attacking. They had a bit more of the ball but they weren't really threatening us.

"There were two times before when I got on a one-v-one with (Martin Demichelis) and he just nicked the ball off me.

"I knew what I needed to do the next time I got the ball so I did it. Then I was against the keeper and it was just about relaxing, composing myself and that was what I did.

"After it went in, the fans were too far away but it was a good feeling with everyone coming towards you.

"To win the game 1-0 as well, to hold out as a team was a good feeling."

Meanwhile, United defender Eric Bailly is expecting to be sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury.

Sunday's 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea was compounded by the impressive 22-year-old being forced off after 52 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Bailly is reported to have suffered lateral knee ligament damage, with that initial time frame seeing him miss up to 13 matches.

  • Man Utd v Man City, EFL Cup Fourth Round: Old Trafford, Tonight, 8.00 pm

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