Only Neymar Has Completed More Nutmegs Than Rashford This Season

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates with the match ball.

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Marcus Rashford has made a prolific start to the new season with 6 goals in the Champions League and 7 in the Premier League.

The Englishman is only behind Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United’s top scorer this campaign, and he would’ve led the chart if he was more clinical in certain situations.

Rashford, 23, needs to work more on his finishing if he wants to be amongst Europe’s top goal-scorers, but one aspect of his game is already similar to that of a world-class player.

In the 2020/21 season, Neymar is the only player in Europe’s top five leagues ahead of Marcus Rashford when it comes to beating opponents by putting the ball through their legs.

The Manchester United academy graduate has completed 8 nutmegs – more than any other player in the Premier League – and only one less than the Brazilian, who is regarded as one of the trickiest players to defend in world football.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar.

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Rashford’s dribbling ability has really flourished in last two seasons, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to shift him on flanks might’ve played an important role in that regard as now the England star finds himself in one-on-one situations more often.

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn was the latest player on the receiving end up a filthy nutmeg from Marcus Rashford.

The Friday night meeting that ended 2-1 in Manchester United’s favour was an ideal example of Rashford’s development as a player, where he on multiple times managed to skillfully beat Villa defenders but failed to get on the scoresheet due to the lack of clinical finishing.