Marcus Rashford up against Willy Boly of Nottingham Forest

Rashford's influential role in United's comeback win over Forest

Monday 28 August 2023 10:45

Manchester United's comeback victory over Nottingham Forest was, of course, a team effort but, as the statistics show, Marcus Rashford had a telling impact.

It was little surprise that captain Bruno Fernandes topped our Man of the Match poll after a talismanic display, which included setting up Casemiro’s equaliser and firing home the winning penalty.

But Marcus’s part in the dramatic turnaround, as the Reds earned a 3-2 win at Old Trafford, should not be overlooked.

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After leading the attack in our first two games of the season, our no.10 reverted to his favoured role from the left flank against Forest as Anthony Martial started up front.

Forest’s fast start saw the visitors go 2-0 up inside four minutes and the setback required a strong recovery from the Reds, which Rashford helped to inspire.

Always a threat with his pace, the England forward played with intent and drove on the outside of Serge Aurier before delivering an inch-perfect low cross into the six-yard box for Christian Eriksen to cleverly flick the ball past Matt Turner in the 17th minute.

This was the start of the comeback.

Marcus’s other notable contribution came from a similar situation in the second half, when he attacked the penalty area and teased Danilo into making a challenge inside the box, earning the spot-kick that Bruno converted to ultimately decide the thrilling contest.


Marcus touched the ball 51 times in the 90 plus minutes he was on the field, six of which were in the opposition half.

He completed 28 of his 33 passes with a passing accuracy of 85 per cent, including 19 of his 23 passes in the final third, and played two key passes.

The forward also won three ground duels and completed two of three dribbles. 

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United fans and Erik ten Hag will be hoping these impressive figures continue throughout the campaign, as our top goalscorer from last season strives to improve his game even further.

Next up for the Reds is a tough test away at Arsenal, who always bring back positive personal memories for Marcus after he scored twice against the Gunners on his Premier League debut back in February 2016.

Keep an eye out on and the United App throughout the week as we build up to Sunday’s big game.