Marcus Rashford - the world's most unstoppable striker! Man Utd winners & losers as Jadon Sancho and David de Gea also shine in Leicester victory

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Rashford made it 16 goals since the World Cup with a double at Old Trafford as United maintained their slim hopes of a Premier League title push

It's Marcus Rashford's world right now, and football fans around the world are just living in it. There might be better overall players on the planet than the Manchester United star, but few - if any - are playing as consistently well as him right now.

Rashford has now scored 16 goals in all competitions since the World Cup after netting twice in United's 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

The England international twice latched onto through-balls before finishing with aplomb as his goals either side of half-time set United on their way to another three points at home.

Jadon Sancho made sure of the victory after marking a fine substitute performance with a goal as United closed to within five points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

They have played a game more than the Gunners, and are not back in league action for another fortnight now due to cup commitments, but a strong end to the season should mean they remain on the fringes of the title race throughout the run-in.

GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Old Trafford...

  1. WINNER: Marcus Rashford
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    WINNER: Marcus Rashford

    Is there a more unstoppable player in world football right now?

    Yes, Kylian Mbappe is probably the best player on the planet, and Lionel Messi the best most have ever seen, but neither are performing at the consistent level of Rashford right now.

    That is now 16 goals since the World Cup after Rashford's double on Sunday, and he is proving that no matter where he is asked to play, he will continue to contribute goals.

    Like against Barcelona in midweek, he started this one through the middle, and he timed his run perfectly to latch onto Bruno Fernandes' through-ball for the opening goal.

    For the second half, however, he was switched out to his favoured role on the left-hand side, and yet again he was able to run off the last defender to fire home United's second of the afternoon.

    With the return leg against Barca and Carabao Cup final to come in the next seven days, he was afforded the final 20 minutes off. Future opponents, though, will be fearing Rashford regardless of any rest right now - there's no one doing it any better.

  2. LOSER: Wout Weghorst

    It seems harsh to single out any United players for criticism, but it feels fair to ask just how much longer Weghorst will stay in the starting line up.

    His wait for a first league goal in a United shirt goes on, and he clearly lacks the same quality on the ball as those around him in the forward line.

    He certainly works hard for the team, and on another day might have had a goal or two to show for his efforts, but when chances have presented themselves to Weghorst so far in his United career, he has failed to take them.

    And now with Rashford thriving as a central striker, and Jadon Sancho coming on to make a huge impact as a No.10, the positions Weghorst can potentially fill are running out.

  3. WINNER: David de Gea

    WINNER: David de Gea

    Though the final scoreline suggests this was a straightforward afternoon for United, it could have been anything but if not for their goalkeeper.

    Twice De Gea stepped up when the score was still 0-0 with other-worldly saves to keep the scores level.

    First, he showed superb reflexes to deny Harvey Barnes after the Leicester winger had taken advantage of some slack play by Fred in midfield to race clear, with De Gea able to somehow parry Barnes' shot away from goal.

    Then shortly after, he somehow managed to get across his line to claw away Kelechi Iheanacho's headed effort when it seemed like it was already past him and on its way into the bottom corner.

    From there he enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon as he equalled Peter Schmeichel as the United goalkeeper with the most clean sheets ever.

  4. LOSER: Barcelona

    This was not what Barcelona wanted to see.

    After their exertions on Thursday at Camp Nou, many would have forgiven United for perhaps struggling through this game against an in-form opponent.

    Instead, they were 3-0 up just after the hour mark and were able to give the likes of Rashford and Luke Shaw over 20 minutes rest so as to prepare for the return leg of their Europa League play-off this coming Thursday.

    United look almost unstoppable on home soil right now, and the Blaugrana will have to go some to knock the Red Devils out of Europe.

  5. WINNER: Jadon Sancho
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    WINNER: Jadon Sancho

    Rashford's redemption arc continues to grab the headlines, but the way Sancho has been able to integrate himself back into the United first team has also been pleasing to watch.

    He was actually left out of the line up here, with Alejandro Garnacho replacing him on the left-hand side, but Sancho was introduced at half-time as Erik ten Hag switched up his forward line.

    Sancho was installed in a central role as a No.10, and his introduction turned the tide of the match firmly in United's favour.

    He showed superb close control and appreciation of the runners around him as he dictated play throughout the second half, marking his fine performance with the third United goal.

    With Bruno Fernandes seemingly thriving out on the right in Antony's absence, United could now have stumbled on the most natural role for Sancho to fill for the next few years.