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Marcus Rashford could decide two others roles in Man United’s squad this season

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One of the biggest talking points in the build up to the FA Cup final was about what Manchester United’s front three was going to look like.

United had brought the Premier League season to a close at Brighton & Hove Albion six days earlier without a recognised centre-forward on the pitch from the start. Rasmus Hojlund started on the bench for the second game running, leaving Bruno Fernandes to lead the attack as a false-nine.

Hojlund, however, stepped off the bench against both Newcastle United and Brighton to score, strengthening his chances of a recall for the final at Wembley against Manchester City. Against both Newcastle and Brighton, Erik ten Hag fielded an attack that relied on Alejandro Garnacho and Amad to support Fernandes from the wide areas.

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Amad ended the Premier League campaign as one of United’s most in-form players. He was excellent in the narrow defeat to Arsenal, before scoring against Newcastle a few days later.

He had played his way into contention to start the showpiece event at Wembley and many United fans felt his performances were worthy of that honour. However, Ten Hag, who got his tactical approach spot on against City, felt experience was key for a game of such magnitude, recalling Marcus Rashford to the starting XI.

He started in his natural habitat on the left-wing, supporting Fernandes, who kept his place as a makeshift striker. Garnacho provided support from the opposite flank, meaning Amad and Hojlund watched from the bench.

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