An extraordinary year for Marcus Rashford produced another milestone on Boxing Day, as the forward scored his 50th Premier League goal. After several months of fighting heroically to support underprivileged children up and down the country, this moment was a timely reminder of Rashford’s class on the pitch as well as off of it.
The England international has enjoyed a steady rise in stature at Manchester United over the past few years, and his tally of 17 league goals underlines what a key player he has become for the Red Devils.
Here we look back at some of Marcus Rashford’s finest Premier League goals, with many more surely to come in the next few years.
Marcus Rashford’s – The Best 5 goals
First goal: Vs Arsenal, 28th February 2016
After making an excellent first team debut with two Europa League goals against Danish side FC Midtjylland, Rashford set Old Trafford alight the following weekend with an incredible league debut performance against fierce rivals Arsenal.
Rashford hammered home a loose ball in the box before scoring a second just a few minutes later, as United edged a thrilling match 3-2. It was a result that mortally wounded Arsenal’s title challenge that season, and made Rashford the talk of the Premier League, kickstarting his rapid rise to the top.
2. 50th goal: Vs Leicester City, 26th December 2020
Manchester United’s boxing day draw with Leicester City will have been something of a bittersweet afternoon for Marcus Rashford. The striker scored his fiftieth Premier League goal and his sixth of this season with a crisp first time finish into the corner following a fast-paced move.
However, the 23-year-old also missed some good chances as United’s club record win streak in away matches came to an abrupt end. Impressively, he has become the third youngest player to reach 50 Premier League goals for Manchester United, but this game was an important reminder that there is still room for improvement.
3. Best goal: Vs Liverpool, 10th March 2018
If there’s one key trait that Marcus Rashford has demonstrated in his first few years as a Manchester United player, it’s that he’s fully capable of scoring in big games against the toughest opposition.
In English football’s eternal clash of the titans between Manchester United and Liverpool in the 2017/18 season, Marcus Rashford produced one of his finest performances in a United shirt by scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory.
The first, where Rashford cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing a fierce shot into the far corner, was arguably the pick of the bunch from his first half century of Premier League goals.
4. Most important goal: Vs Liverpool, 20th October 2019
Ahead of another edition of the North-West Derby early in the 2019/20 season, Manchester United were in the midst of a dreadful campaign whilst arch-rivals Liverpool were flying with a 100% win record.
Although expectations of United for the game were extremely low in the pre-match build-up, Marcus Rashford managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a close-range finish from Daniel James’s excellent cross.
United were pegged back but managed to secure a respectable 1-1 draw which helped to kick-start their season. Their form gradually picked up from then on out and it was that result that helped them eventually secure a vital champions league spot at the expense of Leicester City.
5. Most memorable goal: Vs Manchester City, 20th March 2016
Scoring the winner in a fierce Derby match at the age of 18 is the sort of thing that dreams are made of for rising football stars the world over. Marcus Rashford achieved that dream in his very first Manchester Derby back in March 2016.
Receiving the ball about 30 yards from the Manchester City goal, the United striker steamed past a hopeless Martin Demichelis before slotting the ball beyond Joe Hart and into the far corner of the net. It proved to be enough for the Red Devils as they held firm for a narrow 1-0 victory against their cross-town rivals, and was another early indicator of Rashford’s immense quality as well as his potential.