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Marcus Rashford names Arsenal’s Golden Boot winner as his fastest Premier League opponent

By CJ Smith

Published: 12:42, 26 May 2019

Marcus Rashford has named Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his fastest Premier League opponent.

Aubameyang scored 22 Premier League goals for the fifth-placed Gunners last season, leaving him tied with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the Golden Boot award.

And despite his predatory instincts, many of those goals wouldn’t have been possible without his pace, which Rashford says he has more of than any other player in the English top flight.

“For pace, I’d probably say Aubameyang,” he told BT Sport as part of their ‘Perfect Player’ series. “I think he’s one of the quickest that I’ve played against, going off what the back four say anyway.

“His positioning, he’s always there for the easy goal and as a striker, that’s the most important thing, to be in a position to score goals.”

Rashford also named former Man Utd and England teammate Wayne Rooney as the player with the best leadership skills.

“He was obviously captain when I first started playing in the first team,” the 21-year-old added.

“Games when it’s not going, maybe he’d score a goal, or he’d make a tackle or make a pass and it would lift everyone, it would lift the fans.

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“I think they’re the moments that make a captain.”

Rashford scored 13 goals for Man Utd last season across all competitions and despite some patchy form, that was enough to earn him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the inaugural Uefa Nations League finals in June.

The Three Lions face Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands in the semi-finals on June 6.