Man United's Marcus Rashford frustrated with lack of starts but ready to fight for place

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Ready to battle: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has spoken about his frustration at a lack of first-team starts at Manchester United but insists that hasn’t had a major impact on his development.

The forward made his debut in 2016 under Louis van Gaal and went on to make his England bow later that year.

He has gone from strength to strength and although he is highly rated by Jose Mourinho, the 20-year-old, who made 26 starts in 56 appearances last term, admits there is still plenty to learn.

“Every player will tell you it’s always frustrating when you don’t start,” he was quoted as saying on ESPN.

“You have to look at the positives – you get two extra days’ training. It’s not stopped me developing. If it had stopped me developing then it’s more of a problem.

“He [Mourinho] has 20-25 players. Everyone has different attributes and suits different styles so finding the right balance is a tough job for a manager.

“He got it right most of the time last season but we need a bit extra to push for the title.”

Rashford, who scored 13 goals and provided nine assists last season, added: “You’ve got to be patient. You have to have an open mind because there are a lot of top players that all bring different qualities to the game.

“And at the level we’re playing at here, being in an England camp or whether it is at the club, you have to really understand that.”

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Where to watch the World Cup: The football village at DoubleTree by Hilton JBR

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Wild: The World Cup fans

The World Cup is picking up pace with the round of 16 games well underway and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises with Portugal and Argentina being sent packing in the knockout stages, not to mention holders Germany being dumped out of the group stage.

The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system has been helping officials dish out a record number of penalties in the tournament, and Japan became the first nation to qualify for the next stage of the competition via the FIFA fair play rule.

The competition has been a huge success for venues in Dubai with various fan zones being packed with football fans across the emirate. As the tournament heats up, you can cool down watching the action in the infinity pool at the Hilton Doubletree JBR.

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The football village not only has a giant screen by the pool it also has sun loungers, drinks stations and football-themed entertainment to enjoy when before the games kick off. There are fussball tables, table tennis, giant footballs and a World Cup score predictor where you can win a prize for correctly guessing the results.

This is one of the livelier fan zones in Dubai, speakers blast music before, during and after the game, to keep the party vibe going long after the final whistle. Be warned if you’re watching the game in the pool, water flies everywhere when there’s a goal scored, which is great if you’re in a party mood but not so good if you’re looking to relax in the pool during the action. There are also floodlit football pitches for those who can’t get enough of the Beautiful Game and fancy a kick around.

Special food and beverage deals await you with food from the countries in action on offer as well as burgers, nachos, flatbreads and more. Don’t worry about the heat and remain completely cool in the air-cooled garden, or step into the indoor option. Wondering where to go after the games? Don’t go far as the venue brings you some of the best DJs every night for post-match parties until 1am.

What: Football Village @ DoubleTree JBR
Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
When: Until 15th July
Contact: 055 166 8092 or [email protected]

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Belgium’s Nacer Chadli scores in stoppage time to earn the Hublot World Cup Moment of the Day

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Comeback kings: Belgium make it through

Japanese hearts were broken by an injury-time winner as Belgium came from 0-2 down to snatch victory in the round of 16.

Nacer Chadli rose from the substitutes’ bench to complete Belgium‘s comeback from 2-0 down in the dying embers of injury time and enter World Cup 2018’s quarter-finals with an epic 3-2 win.

The Samurai Blue emerged from a goalless first half to be two-goals ahead by 52 minutes through Genki Haraguchi’s breakaway and the outstanding Takashi Inui’s piledriver. A first entry into the last eight seemed set from that point.

But Roberto Martinez’s hotly tipped side weren’t done. Headers from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini levelled things up by 74 minutes at Rostov Arena, before Chadli swept in a 94th-minute counter-attack to become the first nation since West Germany in 1970 to comeback from 2-0 behind in the World Cup’s knockouts.

A great World Cup upset was avoided from the moment Martinez ditched his purist principles on 65 minutes, utilising a power play through replacements Fellaini and Chadli.

The key takeaway for Belgium will be the indefatigable spirit on show. Rumours of splits in the camp between Flemish and French speakers, plus an explosive mixture of egos, have bedevilled this ‘Golden Generation’.

Selflessness, exhibited most by striker Romelu Lukaku, is a positive takeaway from a disquieting night.

Belgium will now play favourites Brazil in the next stage.

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