Marcus Rashford says his rivalry with Anthony Martial is good for Manchester United, Manchester Evening News reports.

And the young Mancunian believes the battle for minutes and goals is bringing out the best in the pair.

Rashford ’s brace in the Carabao Cup win over Burton took his goalscoring tally to five so far this season, while man of the match Martial grabbed his fourth of the campaign.

The pair have been duelling it out for the left-wing spot following the arrival of centre-forward Romelu Lukaku and Rashford says they are driving each other on.

“It’s difficult when you’re in and out of the team, but we have to find the positives out of it and I think we’ve both done that,” said Rashford.

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“I think the competition is always positive competition because we’re improving each other every day when we’re in training and in the games.

“We’re pushing each other more and more. It’s a bit of a headache for the manager, but it’s a good headache for him to have.”

Mourinho was pleased with Martial display against Burton after demanding more of him last season, saying, “Anthony Martial wanted to do things.

“Some of them he did amazingly well, others not so well. But he was always trying and that commitment and happiness on the pitch are always important.”

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Meanwhile, Phil Neville believes Rashford can be world class and is as good as Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, Skysports reports.

Former United defender Neville believes he is on the same level as PSG’s Mbappe and Barcelona’s £96m summer signing Dembele.

“Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Rashford in this country,” Neville told Sky Sports after the match.

“Because he’s English we just say ‘he plays on the left wing, he’s OK’. He is up there with Dembele and Mbappe, who also play on either wing. People say you have to play Rashford as a centre-forward but you can play him anywhere because he is good enough.

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“Rashford is in the same bracket as those two – £100m-£150m players – he is every bit as good as those two and can be in the future because he is improving every season.

“He broke in under Louis van Gaal and set the world on fire, in his second season under Jose Mourinho everyone thought he wouldn’t play but he did in all the big games. Now he is adding goals to his game and he can be absolutely world class.”


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