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Rashford and Martial backed to emulate iconic Man Utd strike partnership

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Dwight Yorke has hailed Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial - and believes the pair can emulate the Manchester United partnership he had with Andy Cole.

United are on course to have two players hit the 20-goal mark in the same campaign since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in 2010-11.

Martial's maiden hat-trick in the win over Sheffield United last week took him level with Rashford on 19 goals, with the duo both enjoying an impressive season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The pair have some way to replicate Yorke and Cole, who hit 53 goals between them as United completed an historic treble in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Yorke can see similarities between the two partnerships.

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He told The Sun : “Anthony reminds me of myself and Thierry Henry in the way he has started his career playing out wide before on the left or right before developing into someone who can play down the middle.

"Marcus does not get the credit for how intelligent a player he is.

“He is the perfect partner for Anthony in that he can play just off him as a number ten and drop into the pockets, going long or short or floating wide off much like I did with Andy Cole.

Man Utd players Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole during the 1999 treble-winning season (Image: Reuters)

"Not that he has to be stuck in that role because he can also run beyond Anthony to get his goals too."

Indeed, the duo have stepped up after Solskjaer allowed Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to depart for Inter Milan last summer.

And Yorke can see a good partnership brewing between them.

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He added: “I can see a good bond developing between the two and good connection.

“Of course both will like to score and they know as forwards they get judged on that but as you saw against Sheffield United Marcus looked just as pleased to have set Anthony up for two of his goals as well.

“The key is building on that understanding but also having the faith of the manager who looks to have said to them ‘you are my front two’ and given them their heads to go out and do it.”


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