Gary Neville lauds Marcus Rashford after he opened the scoring against Arsenal


‘This is absolutely lethal!’: Gary Neville lauds Marcus Rashford after he opened the scoring against Arsenal with a classy strike from outside the box

Gary Neville has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford’s ‘lethal’ strike that gave Manchester United the lead in their crunch tie with Arsenal.

Rashford nicked the ball from Thomas Partey in the attacking half, drove forward and fired a shot past Aaron Ramsdale at the near post to put Arsenal 1-0 down for just the fourth time this season.

The Gunners fought back quickly to level the game through a well-placed Eddie Nketiah header but the home side have been rocked by United, who are the only side to beat them in the league this season.

Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United the lead against Arsenal with a classy strike

It put league leaders Arsenal 1-0 down in the league for just the fourth time this season

Neville was impressed by the game’s opening goal, as he told Sky Sports: ‘This is absolutely lethal. Sloppy from Partey, but then this from Rashford is absolutely brilliant. 

‘We saw him warming up before [the game] doing this type of strike, cutting in from the left-hand side. It’s past Ramsdale so quickly.

‘The trajectory of the journey in the past 12 months has been monumental from where he was to where he is today.’

 The 25-year-old has now scored 17 goals across all competitions this season and become a key attacking cog in Erik ten Hag’s side.

Gary Neville lauded the 25-year-old striker after his 'lethal' strike flew past Aaron Ramsdale

Gary Neville lauded the 25-year-old striker after his ‘lethal’ strike flew past Aaron Ramsdale

Eddie Nketiah leveled the game minutes later with an excellent header

Eddie Nketiah leveled the game minutes later with an excellent header 

Neville felt the manager had set up his side to get the best out of Rashford, as he explained: ‘I think it is one of the big reasons he has kept [Wout] Weghorst in the team to allow Antony and Rashford to stay in their best positions, he wants him off the left and that’s why. 

‘As I say we watched him in the warm-up and he was cutting in five, six, seven times off that left hand side onto the right foot and smashing it into the Manchester United warm-up goalkeeper.’

As the game stands, Arsenal’s lead over Manchester City will move to three points and United will overtake Newcastle into third place.

If Mikel Arteta’s men can secure a win, they will move five points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand over City.

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