Rashford has more goal involvements against Newcastle than any other side

Marcus Rashford will be hoping to rediscover his goalscoring touch against a Newcastle United side that he has great joy against previously.

After scoring three goals in four games, following his return to the side after shoulder surgery, the England international looked like he had never been away.

But since his last goal which came in the 3-0 win at Tottenham, which was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last win as the manager of Manchester United, Rashford has gone eight games without a goal.

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The 24-year-old was on the bench for the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Norwegian changed his system, and opted to unleash Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as our forward pairing.

With the Uruguayan closing in on a first team return and interim boss Ralf Rangnick using a 4-2-2-2 system, Rashford’s place in the side is going to come under increased pressure if his goalscoring drought continues.

In his last eight matches, Rashford’s only goalscoring contribution was an assist for Ronaldo in the 3-2 win against Arsenal.

Rashford loves playing Newcastle

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The academy graduate missed Ronaldo’s homecoming against the Magpies in September and was unable to improve on his impressive record against the Geordies.

A Ronaldo brace and goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard gave United a 4-1 win against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.

Rashford would have no doubt fancied his chances of getting on the scoresheet that day, but he could have a crucial part to play in the upcoming clash at St James’ Park.

In seven meetings against Newcastle, Rashford has won six and has only been on the losing side once, which was a chastening afternoon where he cut an isolated figure upfront and a Matty Longstaff strike shocked Solskjaer’s men.

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Rashford has four goals and five assists to his name against Newcastle, which is the most goalscoring contributions he has amassed against any club during his career.

He’s scored in his last three matches against Eddie Howe’s side and he will be looking to extend that record on Monday night.

Manchester United need Rashford to break his goal drought to ease the the goalscoring burden and reliance on Ronaldo.

A goal against a side that he has punished with regularity in the past could prove to be the trigger to Rashford kicking on and having an huge influence on Rangnick’s side, during the second half of the campaign.

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