How Amad has joined Greenwood, Rashford and Best
Amad made history against AC Milan on Thursday night (11 March), by becoming the fourth-youngest European goalscorer in Manchester United history.
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However, Amad could not overhaul the trio at the top of our list: Mason Greenwood (17 years, 353 days), Marcus Rashford (18 years, 117 days) and the legendary George Best (18 years, 158 days). But the fact he is keeping such illustrious company can only bode well for his future at the club.
The Bradford-born Academy graduate is the only Red to score in European competition before his 18th birthday, and he achieved that feat by sending home the winner in our 1-0 Europa League victory over Astana at Old Trafford last season. The game was deadlocked with less than 20 minutes remaining when the ball wound its way to Greenwood towards the right of the Kazakh's penalty area. Mason feinted to shoot with his left, then passed the nearest defender on the outside, before spearing a low, right-footed shot underneath the goalkeeper with all the ice-cold cool we’ve come to expect from his finishing.
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Arguably our greatest-ever player, the miraculously talented George Best opened his European account in a comfortable 6-1 win against Stockholm club Djurgardens IF in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (subsequently the UEFA Cup/Europa League), back in 1964. The following season, he would be terrorising arguably the best continental team of the '60s, Benfica, leading United to a scarcely believable 5-1 European Cup win in Lisbon. George would, of course, go on to lift that trophy when we beat the Portuguese club 4-1 at Wembley in May 1968, where he scored our critical second goal in extra-time.
Kiddo would famously lift the European Cup at the end of his very first senior season, 1967/68. He even memorably scored in the final on what was his 19th birthday, though he’d already opened his European account by then, having grabbed the second in our important 2-0 victory over Gornik Zabrze in the quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford. The Poles won the second meeting 1-0, which meant Brian’s 89th-minute first-leg effort proved the tie’s decisive moment, setting us up for an epic semi-final encounter with Real Madrid.
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Like Marcus Rashford, Rooney’s maiden United goal came in Europe, on his very first Reds appearance. In arguably the greatest United debut of all time, Rooney blasted a hat-trick of stunning virtuosity against Turkish opponents Fenerbahce, sending Old Trafford into rapture. His first was fired home with his left, on the run; his second a stunning long-distance daisy-cutter with his right from outside the box. In the second half, he completed the job with a delicate and accurate close-range free-kick. It was a simply astonishing performance, and the start of nothing less than the greatest goalscoring career the Theatre of Dreams has ever witnessed.