Manchester United took a step closer to securing a return to the coveted Champions League next season with a convincing 2-0 victory against Everton at Old Trafford.
The win, featuring goals from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial, also dealt a blow to Everton’s relegation fears. However, the triumph came at a cost as star forward Marcus Rashford limped off the pitch with a groin injury just nine minutes before the end of the game, raising concerns about his availability for the upcoming FA Cup and Europa League fixtures.
Throughout the match, Manchester United dominated with a barrage of chances, showcasing their attacking prowess. Rashford, who has been in prolific form this season with 28 goals, had a rare off day in front of goal, missing a few opportunities before succumbing to injury.
Despite Rashford’s absence, McTominay stepped up, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season with a powerful shot that beat Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at his near post. Martial, who recently returned from injury, also made an impact by capitalizing on an error from Everton’s Seamus Coleman, scoring his first goal since February to seal the victory for Manchester United.
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The win pushed Manchester United up to third place in the Premier League, opening up a crucial six-point cushion over fifth-placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.
However, the injury to Rashford is a cause for concern as the Red Devils face upcoming challenges in the form of Europa League quarter-finals against Sevilla and an FA Cup semi-final against Brighton. With Rashford’s availability uncertain, Manchester United may need to rely on other attacking options to continue their pursuit of silverware this season.