The celebration that's sweeping world sport

Thursday 26 January 2023 16:12

The dazzling form Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is currently experiencing under Erik ten Hag is no secret.

The England international has scored 18 times in 29 appearances for the Reds this season, including his superb individual effort against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening.

Marcus has found the net 10 times since the World Cup and, since his return from Qatar, you may have noticed that he has a new celebration to mark these moments.

After scoring, Marcus runs over to the corner flag before standing stock-still and pointing his index finger to his temple. It's a gesture that we've seen a lot in the last month and it's starting to be copied by other players too...


— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 14, 2023

United Academy graduate Danny Welbeck was one of the first to join along, following his goal for Brighton against Liverpool earlier this month.

But the Wythenshawe-born forward's trademark has taken over in recent weeks, with Bukayo Saka, Joshua Kimmich and even England cricketer Jofra Archer all joining in.

Kimmich marked his 90th-minute equaliser against FC Koln on Tuesday in this way, while Archer mimicked Marcus after taking 3-37 during MI Cape Town’s defeat to Pretoria Capitals on Monday.

Saka's celebration came during our recent Premier League defeat to the Gunners, after Marcus himself had opened the scoring in fine fashion in North London.

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton also copied Rashford when scoring the only goal during the Magpies' 1-0 win over Southampton in the Carabao Cup earlier this week.

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton was seen copying Marcus's celebration against Southampton earlier this week.

Bidding to push the Reds on to further success this season, Marcus's impressive displays have been a hot topic of conversation following his stunning start to 2023.

Ten Hag has been full of praise for the United striker:

“There are more players who are playing really well but I am happy with Marcus, his performance and his development,” Ten Hag said.

“From the start of the season he is growing and keeps doing that. We have to keep his process going and if he is in that mood and spirit, I think he is unstoppable.”