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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the only goal of the EPL match on Sunday against Leicester City.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday with a fine goal to secure a 1-0 win over Leicester City that kept interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dream start going.

Having missed a simple header early on, 21-year-old Rashford compensated in the ninth minute, skilfully latching on to a lovely dink from Paul Pogba over Leicester’s defence to smash the ball past Kasper Schmeichel from close range.

“It was a great finish. The kid has improved and improved,” said a delighted Solskjaer, who has enjoyed nine wins and a draw in all competitions since taking over as caretaker manager from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.

Rashford is the youngest player to reach a century of top-flight appearances for the Red Devils since Ryan Giggs in 1993.

Struggling under Mourinho, he and Pogba have been in superb form since the moment former Manchester United favourite Solskjaer walked in. Yet, Sunday’s win lacked the fluency and joie de vivre of other performances.

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez was disappointing again, looking miserable when substituted in the second half.

“They won’t be too happy. They know they can do better,” Solskjaer said of his team, smiling at the win even so.

The victory moved United on to 48 points, two adrift of Chelsea in fourth place. Solskjaer’s men have dropped points only once under him – a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday – and are now firmly aiming for the top-four spot that would give them Champions League football next season.

Inconsistent Leicester stayed 11th with 32 points after losing their third home game in a row.

Second best throughout the first half, Leicester pressed better in the second, and should have equalized.

Jamie Vardy’s 61st-minute overhead volley was clawed away by David de Gea, and Rachid Ghezzal’s 77th minute free kick was flying in before the Spanish goalkeeper tipped it over.

Man City Defeats Arsenal

Sergio Aguero scored his 10th Premier League hat trick on Sunday to lead Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal and close the gap on leader Liverpool to two points.

It was an unconventional treble for the striker, using his head, right foot – and left arm.

Having scored after 24 seconds in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle, Aguero had to wait a little bit longer – 48 seconds – to put City in front against Arsenal. The Argentine dived to head Aymeric Laporte’s cross past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

After Laurent Koscielny tied the game for Arsenal in the 11th, Aguero was on target again in the 44th after meeting Raheem Sterling’s delivery with a tap-in at the far post.

The third goal came in untidy fashion as the ball bounced off his arm while he slid in to bundle it over the line after Leno pushed on Sterling’s cross.

Arsenal tumbled to sixth place after Manchester United’s win.

While City moved ahead of Tottenham into second place, leader Liverpool is not in action until Monday against West Ham.

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