Voting for October's Goal of the Month is open!
October 2020 wasn’t too bad a month for Manchester United, on the whole.
The first team recorded big victories over Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, while the Women stretched our unbeaten WSL run to five matches, winning all three league games.
There was a first Premier League 2 win for the Under-23s too, plus a convincing 4-0 success for the Under-18s at Derby.
In total, the Reds scored 33 goals across all of our sides – here are the 11 we’ve picked out to be up for October’s Goal-of-the-Month award…
ALESSIA RUSSO V BRIGHTON (WOMEN)
The England international opened her Reds account in fine style during the 3-0 win over the Seagulls at Leigh. Receiving the ball in midfield, our summer signing beat two Brighton defenders during a mazy run, before finishing coolly past goalkeeper Megan Walsh.
ARNAU PUIGMAL V ARSENAL (UNDER-23s)
Our youngsters recorded a creditable 3-3 draw with a Gunners’ side featuring several first-team players – and Spanish midfielder Puigmal’s Beckhamesque free-kick was the pick of the goals, one of two he scored on the day.
BRUNO FERNANDES V NEWCASTLE UNITED
This effort was United at our counter-attacking best. With minutes to play, and the game tied at 1-1, a sweeping team move saw Juan Mata play Marcus Rashford through on goal. Our no.10 could easily have gone on his own, but he had the wherewithal to sidefoot it to the onrushing Fernandes, who carefully lifted it over Karl Darlow and into the top corner. Brilliant!
AARON WAN-BISSAKA V NEWCASTLE UNITED
For your first goal in professional football, you’d take a tap-in, a deflection – anything to get off the mark. But this, from our right-back, brought back memories of Brazil's Carlos Alberto in 1970 as he marauded into the box and slammed the ball home to make the game safe.
TOBIN HEATH V WEST HAM UNITED (WOMEN)
Another maiden strike – this time from USA superstar Tobin Heath. The two-time World Cup winner latched on to Russo’s measured pass before firing into the far corner, during our convincing 4-2 victory over the Hammers.
MARCUS RASHFORD V PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
The first of three Rashford strikes in our list, during what was an extraordinary month for our no.10. The likelihood of a goal looked remote when Marcus received the ball 25 yards out, but quick as a flash, he evaded the attention of Danilo Pereira and even a goalkeeper with the ability of Keylor Navas could do nothing to prevent his driven finish cannoning off the post and into the back of the net.
ANTHONY ELANGA V EVERTON (UNDER-23s)
Our Academy Player of the Year has started the 2020/21 campaign in fine form, and helped the Under-23s to a first league win of the season, against the Merseysiders. Joe Hugill showed great strength and vision to find Elanga in space, and the exciting winger slotted in to equalise, with Ethan Galbraith later scoring the winner from the spot.
OMARI FORSON V DERBY COUNTY (UNDER-18s)
A neat finish to a great team move, with Noam Emeran and Forson showing great understanding. The former latched onto a cross and knocked the ball sideways, and our young forward made no mistake as United ran riot against the East Midlanders.
MASON GREENWOOD V RB LEIPZIG
Greenwood looked every inch the ice-cool finisher when he beat Dayot Upamecano to Paul Pogba’s through ball and tucked one into the far corner to give United the lead over the Germans. He may have looked offside at first glance, but fortunately VAR rightly let the goal stand.
MARCUS RASHFORD (1) V RB LEIPZIG
Originally flagged as offside, Marcus showed great composure to run through on goal and finish past Peter Gulacsi. Replays then showed the England international was in his own half as he ran on to Fernandes’s first-time pass. Imagine the roar a full Old Trafford would have elicited at that moment!
MARCUS RASHFORD (2) V RB LEIPZIG
Rashford latched on to Fred’s tackle and belted the ball beyond Gulacsi to score the second goal… his hat-trick effort wasn’t bad either!
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