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Man United star Marcus Rashford reveals his penalty secrets

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Marcus Rashford dished out some of his penalty secrets after scoring another spot-kick during Manchester United 1-0 win over Leicester City.

Rashford put away the sixth penalty of his career to end United’s three-match winless run on Saturday. It was also his first goal in as many games after previously missing from the spot against Crystal Palace last month.

But the 21-year-old won a penalty for United in the eighth-minute when Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu tripped him in the area. He then kept his composure to fire home the spot-kick.

“There has been a lot of talk [about penalties] but it is all about clearing that out of your head and just getting back down to basics,” Rashford told MUTV.

“When it comes down to it, that is all you know, to get to the first team, it is by doing the basics and working hard.

“I just try to look at the keeper [Kasper Schmeichel], especially a keeper like him because he has a good jump and likes to go early. If it is not hard and in the corner, then he has a chance of saving it. But it was a nice feeling to score.”

Rashford performed well overall at Old Trafford, and nearly scored a second goal only for the ball to hit the woodwork in the second half.

Nevertheless, United held on to grab a crucial 1-0 victory over Leicester to move up to fourth in the Premier League.

“We have been playing well since the start of the season,” continued Rashford.

“Today [Saturday] wasn’t as good performance but we got the three points. Football is funny at times and that’s how it goes.

“It is a big three points, not only for the league position but, for the team, it is big.

“We don’t have the biggest squad and we have some injuries, and to some very important players as well, but it shows good courage and strength to get through it.

United and Rashford will next play host to Kazakh side Astana for their Europa League opener on Thursday in Group L.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Manchester United players form a defensive wall during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 14, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)