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Crewe coach: We almost landed Rashford before Man Utd debut

Crewe Alexandra coach James Collins admits they came close to signing Marcus Rashford before his breakthrough at Manchester United.

Rashford was the subject of a loan move from Sky Bet League One side Crewe Alexandra a week before he made his Man Utd debut, claims Collins.

Collins said: “I spoke to Warren Joyce [United U21 coach] earlier in the season about taking him on loan.

“Warren said we couldn't because they needed him for their U21s. A week later he made his debut for the first team and the rest is history."

Rashford made his United debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland, scoring twice.

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