Manchester United confirm Marcus Rashford blow - boost for Newcastle United & Tottenham Hotspur

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The news from Old Trafford will come as a boost to Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League top four hopes.

Manchester United have confirmed star man Marcus Rashford will miss “a few games” because of a muscle injury.

Rashford, who is the Red Devils’ top scorer this campaign with 28 goals, was forced to withdraw in the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Everton.

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The England international immediately headed down the Old Trafford tunnel, and further assessments have revealed he’ll be unavailable for “a few games”. Rashford is expected to be back for the Premier League run-in.

In the meantime, Erik ten Hag has expressed his confidence that other players can step up in the 25-year-old’s absence. The next best goalscorer behind Rashford is Bruno Fernandes with 10.

“We have many more players across the squad who can score,” said ten Hag. “I think we have players like Bruno, like Jadon Sancho, like Anthony Martial, like Scott McTominay, like Antony,” Ten Hag said. “We have enough players with the capabilities to score goals, definitely.”

Rashford’s absence will come as a boost for Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, who are among the teams competing for Champions League qualification.

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Both Newcastle and the Red Devils possess 56 points, though Eddie Howe’s men sit third on goal difference. Spurs, meanwhile, are three points outside the top four, and have played one game more.

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