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EFL Cup: Rejuvenated Marcus Rashford has eyes on more than one prize

It's no coincidence that Manchester United's resurgence has come at the same time as an upturn in form for Marcus Rashford.

The England star looks to have rediscovered his love for the game under Erik ten Hag and another goal on Wednesday night put United on the brink of a Wembley final appearance.

Rashford, who is looking to claim a fourth winners medal in his career, has scored 10 goals in 10 games since returning from the World Cup and looks to be going from strength to strength.

Rashford is PFA Player of the Year contender

Shoulder and foot problems have badly hampered Rashford over the last couple of years and many felt several managerial changes at United also had a negative impact on his form.

After scoring just four goals in 25 league appearances last season, there was even speculation that the 25-year-old would be on the move from Old Trafford.

But Ten Hag has helped Rashford rediscover his confidence and the forward has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

Rashford has rewarded the Dutchman with some outstanding performances and stunning goals, following on from three goals at the World Cup for England.

It's been six years since Rashford and United last lifted a trophy – winning both the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2016-17 – and the Manchester-born star seems determined to put that right.

It's clearly team success that he has in his sights this season, but Rashford is also in the running to be named PFA Player of the Year.

The United star is currently 16/1 to be voted the winner by his peers, with just Erling Haaland (4/7), Martin Odegaard (7/2), Kevin de Bruyne (10/1) and Bukayo Saka (12/1) ahead of him in the betting.

Southgate can build team around Rashford

Gareth Southgate will be as happy as anyone to see Rashford hitting the heights, as the England boss looks to reset for the upcoming European Championship qualifying campaign.

Even though he scored three goals in Qatar, the Manchester United star started just one game and 29 of his 51 international appearances have been off the bench.

But if this run of consistent form continues, Southgate will find it hard not only to have him in the starting XI, but he would have to consider building the team around him.

Rashford, who made his debut for Manchester United at 18-years-old, has also been able to bounce back from the penalty shootout miss against Italy in the Euros final.

The forward, who has 18 goals for his country, will feel he can play a big role in getting England to another major final – with Southgate's men 7/1 to win Euro 2024.

United still fighting on four fronts

A 0-3 win at Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final was an indication of the growth of the United squad, with the result coming off the back of a last-gasp league defeat at Arsenal.

Ten Hag, who's squad are now 4/6 to lift the EFL Cup, looks to have got the Red Devils back on track and that would be confirmed if they were able to claim some silverware this season.

Manchester United are still fighting on all four fronts this season, with their next test coming against Championship outfit Reading in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.

United have won 10 successive games at Old Trafford in all competitions and are 1/7 to beat Paul Ince's men, who are as big as 16/1 to cause an upset on Saturday.

Although it seems unlikely, Ten Hag will still harbour hopes that his players can close the gap at the top of the Premier League – which currently stands at 11 points.

Defeat at the Emirates was a hammer blow to United's title hopes and, having played a game more than the Gunners, they are out to 40/1 to lift the Premier League trophy in May.

Their other trophy hope this season lies in the Europa League, which gets underway again in February as United prepare for a clash with La Liga giants Barcelona.

With Barca flying high domestically, they are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals and Ten Hag's men are 9/1 to win the competition.

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