12 of Marcus Rashford’s Best Moments for Man Utd & England

Updated: 25 February 2020

25th February 2020 marks four years to day since an unknown teenager by the name of Marcus Rashford made his Manchester United debut.

Even now still only 22 but with more than 200 senior United appearances to his name, it is hard to believe that he remains so young after everything that has already happened in his career since bursting onto the scene all those years ago.

Here’s a look at 12 of his best career moments so far…

1. First Steps

Three months before he first made it onto the pitch in a senior game, Rashford was a surprise name on the bench for a Premier League clash with Watford in November 2015.

The youngster had celebrated his 18th birthday just three weeks earlier and an injury plagued United called on several youngster to make up the numbers. He was again on the bench a week later when Leicester visited Old Trafford.

Rashford remained unused for both games, but it was a first taste.

2. Goalscoring Debut

Not in the senior squad since those Watford and Leicester games, it was another injury crisis in February 2016 that brought Rashford back into the first team picture under then manager Louis van Gaal.

United were already down to bare bones ahead of a Europa League tie against Midtjylland and when Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, Rashford was catapulted into the spotlight.

The chance to replace Martial would have gone to 2011 FA Youth Cup winner Will Keane had the striker not also been injured and Rashford made sure to grab his chance with both hands.

Showing no nerves, Rashford marked his debut with a goal in the 63rd minute and then incredibly bagged a second shortly afterwards as United ran out 5-1 winners.

He even broke a 50-year-old record held by Old Trafford legend George Best as United’s youngest ever goalscorer in European competition.  

3. Premier League Debut

Martial was still not ready to return when United hosted Arsenal at Old Trafford a few days later, resulting in Van Gaal handing Rashford another opportunity.

Remarkably, the outcome was no different as the teenager proved that his brace against poor Danish opposition was no fluke by repeating it against one of the Premier League’s top four.

Again playing without any sign of fear, Rashford scored twice in the space of three minutes around the half hour mark. Only Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck had ever scored a Premier League goal for United at a younger age.

Later, he then even laid on the winning goal for Ander Herrera in the 3-2 thriller.  

4. Manchester Derby Winner

Less than a month after playing his first senior football, Rashford scored the winner for United in a Manchester derby against fierce rivals City at the Etihad Stadium in March 2016.

His 16th minute strike, which embarrassed City defender Martin Demichelis, handed United a 1-0 victory and their first win at the Etihad since December 2012 and also made Rashford the youngest Manchester derby goalscorer in the Premier League era.

For a local boy who had been with United since the age of seven, to score the winner against City was the stuff of dreams.  

5. Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year

Rashford was rewarded for his meteoric rise at the end of the 2015/16 season with the club’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, a prize previously won by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Wes Brown in years gone by.

He finished the campaign having represented United at Under-18, Under-19, Under-21 and first team level.  

6. England Debut & Youngest Goalscorer Record

After a whirlwind few months in a United shirt, Rashford was drafted into the England squad ahead of Euro 2016 and made his senior international debut in a warm-up against Australia.

Still only 18 years of age, Rashford started the game and took just three minutes to open his goalscoring account for the Three Lions as England won 2-1. In the process he became the youngest ever English player to score on his international debut and the third youngest overall.

At Euro 2016 itself he became England’s youngest ever player at a European Championship, while his performance as a substitute against Iceland in the round of 16 was a sole bright spark for England in an otherwise disastrous game.  

7. European Success

Despite concerns over Jose Mourinho’s approach to emerging talents, Rashford featured in more games during the 2016/17 season than any other United player – 53 in all competitions. 

The last of those was as a starter in the Europa League final against Ajax to end the campaign. Although not on the scoresheet that night in Stockholm, Rashford drew praise for his energy and willing running to stretch the opposition defence.

United prevailed 2-0 victors to collect the last remaining major trophy the club had never previously won.  

8. Champions League Debut

Despite having been a first team player for 18 months, Rashford couldn’t make his Champions League debut until September 2017 when United returned to Europe’s elite competition. 

As has become a trademark of his career, the youngster scored on that maiden outing, netting against Swiss champions Basel in a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

He also went on to score winning goals against both Benfica and CSKA Moscow in the remaining group fixtures to help United reach the knockout rounds with 15 points from 18.  

9. Liverpool Brace

Rashford was once again United’s most used player by Mourinho in 2017/18, although a lack of starts after the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez was reportedly the subject of much frustration for him at the time and ammunition for the press and public to criticise the manager.

When United faced fierce rivals Liverpool in early March, an opponent who had won eight of their previous 10 Premier League games, Rashford was handed his first Premier League start since December and showed just what he is capable of.

Showing the same deadly awareness and precise finishing that had initially shot him to fame in 2016, the homegrown hero scored twice in the first half to set off Old Trafford rocking.  

10. The Number 10

After two-and-a-half years in the United first team wearing the number 39 and 19 shirts, Rashford was handed the club’s famous number 10 jersey ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Previously worn by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham, David Beckham, Mark Hughes and Denis Law, it showed the faith that United continue to have in Rashford and the level to which they believe his talent can take him.  

11. PSG Penalty

The decisive moment fell to Rashford as United completed an historic Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19.

No team had ever progressed in a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg 2-0 at home, but a United side depleted by injuries fought back in Paris and needed just one more goal to go through to the quarter finals when VAR handed them a late penalty.

Despite being made to wait at the spot for close to 90 seconds before was able to take it, Rashford showed no fear as he stepped up against one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time in Gianluigi Buffon, smashing the ball past the Italian.

12. That Chelsea Free-Kick

Rashford was able to conjure his inner Cristiano Ronaldo when it mattered most during a Carabao Cup tie in October 2019, with a free-kick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge struck with all the power and dip United fans were used to seeing from the Portuguese icon.

Increasingly the team’s talisman, Rashford had already scored from the penalty spot earlier in the game and his stunning dead-ball strike in the second half proved to be decisive.

It was another moment proving his game-winning abilities and coolness under pressure.

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