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Marcus Rashford scoring against Brighton at Old Trafford.

Goal of the Day: Rashford beats Brighton

As we count down to tomorrow's match against Brighton and Hove Albion, it seems pertinent that today's 'Goal of the Day' comes from our last fixture against the Seagulls...

Date: 19 January 2019, Old Trafford, Premier League

Background: Rejuvenated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Reds had won six consecutive matches to climb the Premier League table and progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. Marcus Rashford benefitted as much as anyone from the fresh start under club legend Ole, scoring four goals ahead of the visit from Chris Hughton’s stubborn side.

The goal: There was much work to do for Rashford when he received the ball from Diogo Dalot in the inside-left channel. Yet, despite facing a flock of Seagulls shirts between him and David Button’s net, the striker somehow found a way to score. Bursting into the box at pace, he wrongfooted Pascal Gross before turning inside to curl a delightful shot into the far corner of the Stretford End goal.

What happened next: Rashford's fine finish completed a hard-fought 2-1 win for United, by adding to Paul Pogba’s successfully converted penalty. Gross pulled one back late in the game for the visitors, but Ole’s men held out to register a seventh successive victory, ensuring the continuation of the feelgood factor around Old Trafford. It would be almost two months before United next lost a league game.

Reaction: A delighted Solskjaer said of Rashford’s stunning goal: “What a finish. That was the first thing I said to him when I met him. He had missed some chances and I said ‘no problem, you’ll be all right, just settle down a little bit’.”

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