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Lingard: Rashford is amazing

Jesse Lingard (Getty Images)
Jesse Lingard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard labeled Marcus Rashford "amazing" following his midweek exploits in the Europa League against Celta Vigo.

The teenage forward scored with an incredible free-kick reminiscent to the technique David Beckham famously honed during his days at Old Trafford to hand the Red Devils a slender one-goal advantage in the semi-finals.

And after the crucial away goal put Jose Mourinho's side one step from the final, Lingard revealed how his fellow academy graduate has been training at set-pieces leading up to the memorable strike at Balaidos.

"He's been amazing and he's come tremendously far," the 24-year-old said. "It's all about hard work and dedication, you know - he's just got to keep going now. Hopefully, if we get to the final, he can score again.

"He's been put on set-pieces lately, and he told me to move out of the way when he was taking it, so I did. I think it helped put the goalkeeper off, because he took a step to his left and that opened up the space for Marcus to score.

"With me, Rashy and Mkhitaryan going forward, I think we exploited the space against Celta Vigo and counter-attacked really well. I think having that pace can be important."

Rashford has scored 11 goals and registered six assists in 48 games across all competitions for United this season.