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Paul McGrath: United have makings of super strikeforce but Rooney may fail to figure

Paul McGrathBy Paul McGrath
Marcus Rashford celebrates his wonderstrike in the FA Cup quarter-final win
Marcus Rashford celebrates his wonderstrike in the FA Cup quarter-final win

REGULAR readers of my column will know that I gave up on the FA Cup a long time ago.

It is now a poor third on the priority list of the bigger clubs - way behind the Premier League and the Champions League.

Hence, with due respect to them, we have seen clubs such as Wigan and Portsmouth win the famous old trophy in the past decade.

But last Wednesday night we had a real, old-fashioned, proper FA Cup tie between Manchester United and West Ham.

It was a wonderful game to watch and I really enjoyed it.

And if I was Wayne Rooney, I'd definitely be getting worried about my place in the greater scheme of things at United.

Anthony Martial has always looked the real deal this season and now we have this lad Marcus Rashford coming along.

For a big buck, he can fairly cover the grass and Rashford took his goal beautifully at Upton Park on Wednesday.

Whether it is Louis van Gaal or his successor who gets to work with these players for the next five years is one issue.

But this duo hold out the promise of being a super strikeforce for United, or, if the club wants to cash in on one of them in a few years time, the source of a Cristiano Ronaldo-sized transfer fee.

Where does Wayne fit in to all that now?

He's 30 and injuries, coupled with a 14-year career, seem to be taking their toll on his pace.

It will be very interesting to see if Van Gaal is tempted to play all three of these players together any time soon.

He may have to in pursuit of the twin prizes that might keep him in the Old Trafford hotseat for another season, an FA Cup win and a Champions League place.