Erik hoping Rashford can hit landmark

Sunday 30 October 2022 07:00

Marcus Rashford’s second-half header against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday took his Manchester United goal tally to 99.

The substitute reacted quickly in the box to powerfully head home Luke Shaw’s cross, putting the Reds in the driving seat in the fixture and creeping himself ever closer to an illustrious list of United legends.

If Rashford was to net against West Ham United in Sunday’s Premier League fixture, a match in which he scored a stoppage-time winner last term, he would achieve a century of goals for the club just hours before his 25th birthday, which falls on Monday.

In his exclusive matchday Q&A, United manager Erik ten Hag shared his desire for our no.10 to achieve his latest landmark, against the Hammers.

Matchday Q&A | Ten Hag on West Ham (H) Video

Matchday Q&A | Ten Hag on West Ham (H)

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“Yeah, that will come,” Erik said of the prospect of Rashford hitting a century of United goals.

“Most important is, of course, if we get a win, but I think Marcus knows that, so he is always acting really as a team player.

“But he is on the pitch to score goals. When he’s doing well, he will be in positions that he can score a goal and then it is about hitting the target, hitting the goal and getting them in.

“I hope for him, Sunday will be the case, but it will come definitely and that will be a massive performance from a player who will be 25 on Monday.”

When Marcus does score his 100th goal for the Reds, he will join quite the list of United greats.

George Best hit a century when he was 22, while Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton were 23 when they achieved the figure.

Ronaldo, who Rashford accompanied up front in the second-half of Thursday’s match against Sheriff, was also 23 when he scored his 100th United goal, while Denis Law and Dennis Viollet were 24.

Marcus is our top scorer this term so far, with six goals, and looks galvanised under Ten Hag’s management. With West Ham - a side Rashford has scored four goals against in the past - visiting Old Trafford this Sunday, he will no doubt hope to be sitting on a century of United strikes come the morning of his 25th birthday - and what an achievement that would be.