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Marcus Rashford has been in fine form for Manchester United this season
Marcus Rashford has been in fine form for Manchester United this season

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Marc of a star

Jurgen Klopp admits he cannot help but admire Marcus Rashford's blistering form. 

Rashford, 25, and his Manchester United team-mates will head to Anfield on a high on Sunday after lifting the Carabao Cup last weekend and booking their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek. 

The England striker has netted 25 goals for United this season after enduring a frustrating couple of campaigns at Old Trafford. 

And Klopp said: "It is difficult, pretty much impossible, to be positive about something at Manchester United as Liverpool manager for seven-and-a-half years but I am really happy for Rashford. 

"He had a really difficult last year, was not performing at the level he is able to, and I knew this would change again. Now he is playing incredibly. 

"His speed, technique, how calm he is in front of goal, he scores worldies, he scores the simple ones."

Bring it on

Erik ten Hag is relishing the hostile atmosphere awaiting Manchester United at Anfield.

After winning his first trophy as United boss with last weekend's Carabao Cup triumph and securing a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek, Ten Hag takes his side to Liverpool for the first time on Sunday. 

And the Dutchman, 53, cannot wait for the showdown. He said: "It will be great, it will be hostile against us, but we like that.

Erik ten Hag is looking forward to taking Manchester United to Anfield for the first time
Erik ten Hag is looking forward to taking Manchester United to Anfield for the first time

"I know these players, my squad, my team, will be prepared to go there and fight and to go there with confidence. 

"We know it's going to be difficult, we know we will have to suffer and we will have to sacrifice to get a good result. 

"I think our team, our mentality in general is very good. I think we also have many leaders who set the mentality, who set the standards, who control the standards, who correct if necessary. 

"We are happy with this process but it can always be better. That has to be the approach."

Take a break

Unai Emery admits he sometimes has to stop Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins from overdoing things in training. 

Watkins, 27, converted a penalty to set Villa on their way to a 2-0 win at Everton last weekend, which halted a three-match losing run. 

In doing so, he became the club's first player to score in five consecutive Premier League games. 

Emery continues to be impressed by his star's work-rate but has had to hold him back for his own good. 

The Villans boss said: "He is very competitive. Every day at training, when we are finishing, he wants to do more at the end of training, individually, with the coaches. 

"His mentality is very good. Sometimes we have to stop him. We have to tell him, 'No, this is enough for today. Tomorrow, more'. 

"It is good. In his mind, we have to keep this mentality because, for him and the team, that spirit is the best. 

"I want to help him as well, trying to support him with my experiences with strikers and giving him the confidence to do more and more."

Leave me out of it

Eddie Howe wants to remain focused on football matters at Newcastle
Eddie Howe wants to remain focused on football matters at Newcastle

Eddie Howe insists he cannot afford to become embroiled in a new row over Newcastle's ownership. 

The club have been thrust into the spotlight once again after court papers filed in the United States claimed chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan is a minister of the Saudi Arabian government. 

That revelation has raised questions over the Premier League's confirmation that "legally-binding assurances" of the separation between the state and its Public Investment Fund, of which Al-Rumayyan is governor, had been received. 

Asked about the latest development, Toon boss Howe said: "For me, my job is training the players, trying to get them in the best physical, mental, tactical condition to win the game. 

"The minute I deviate from that is the minute I go into dangerous waters for me and I waste energy in areas that don't help the players. 

"That's not my area, I don't want it to be my area. I want to concentrate on how I can improve the team."

After losing the Carabao Cup final last weekend, Newcastle head to the Etihad tomorrow to face Premier League champions Manchester City.

Marching on

Georginio Rutter is in Javi Gracia's thinking for tomorrow's clash with Chelsea
Georginio Rutter is in Javi Gracia's thinking for tomorrow's clash with Chelsea

Leeds boss Javi Gracia could hand club record signing Georginio Rutter his first Premier League start at Chelsea tomorrow. 

Rutter, 20, replaced Patrick Bamford in the starting XI for Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat at Fulham and Gracia has hinted he could deploy a two-man frontline at Stamford Bridge. 

The France Under-21s striker has made five substitute appearances in the top flight since arriving at Leeds from Hoffenheim in January.

Gracia said: "It's an option, a real option, to play with two players up front. In the last game, I'm happy with the way Georginio played.

"Now, speaking about the next game, I think it's a good option to play two players up front, whoever it is, with Georginio, with Patrick, with Rodrigo, with [Brenden] Aaronson, with all the attackers we have in the club."

Training ground emergency

Birmingham have been forced to close their Wast Hills Training Ground following a fire early this morning — disrupting preparations for tomorrow's Championship match at Wigan.

An official statement said: "The club can confirm that Wast Hills training ground has suffered damage as a result of a fire. 

"Hereford and Worcester Fire Service attended the scene and remain on site following the discovery during the early hours of Friday, March 3. No one was injured. 

"Staff and players have been contacted and the facility remains closed until further notice. The club will continue to liaise with the emergency services and will make no further comment at this time."


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