BARCELONA manager Xavi is planning to use Ronald Araújo to stop Marcus Rashford.
The in form Manchester United striker is currently one of the most prolific strikers in Europe.Ronald Araujo will be tasked with man-marking Marcus Rashford[/caption] Rashford has been in great form this season[/caption]
So far this season, Rashford has scored 21 goals in 23 games in all competitions for his club.
This includes one goal against Leeds on Sunday, helping United to a 2-0 win.
He will spearhead the Red Devils attack in the Europa League tie against Barcelona, with the first leg to be played at the Nou Camp on Thursday.
Manager Erik ten Hag will be hoping that Rashford continues his fine form in front of goal and fire the side into the next round of the competition.
However, Xavi has conjured up an idea to stop the 25-year-old from having a successful match.
The Spaniard is set to tell Araujo to man-mark the striker for the entirety of the match, according to AS.
The hope will be to reduce the amount of space Rashford can exploit if he is in the continued company of the Uruguayan international.
Araujo is used to this style of play, having enjoyed a successful battle against Real Madrid’s Brazilian star attacker Vinicius Jnr.
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Another part of the plan includes former Leeds star Raphinia.
The Brazilian winger will have to track Luke Shaw, which will help stop any link-up between the left-back and Rashford.