Marcus Rashford.

Rashford added to a special Academy list

Tuesday 22 November 2022 10:00

Marcus Rashford etched his name into Manchester United and England history with his goal during England's World Cup win over Iran.

The homegrown Red slotted home with his left foot, 49 seconds after coming on as substitute, during the entertaining 6-2 triumph for Gareth Southgate's men in their opening group-stage match.

It means he becomes the eighth player to emerge from United's youth system and score in the finals of a World Cup, and the seventh to do it while still at the club.


Rashford has therefore joined a distinguished list. Sir Bobby Charlton was very much the trailblazer at the 1962 event in Chile, with his strike for England against Argentina being the first World Cup goal by a United player. He was also part of the squad four years earlier, but did not see any action in Sweden.

The Three Lions icon went on to score four times in World Cup tournaments, including a magnificent brace in the 2-0 semi-final win over Portugal at Wembley in 1966.

There was a long wait until our next youth-team product netted on the greatest stage but Norman Whiteside stepped up to the plate in 1986. After becoming the youngest-ever player in the finals, four years previously in Spain, the Northern Ireland international opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw with Algeria in Mexico.

United's famous Class of '92 produced two players who netted for England at World Cups.

Firstly, Paul Scholes belted in a terrific strike during his country's first game of the 1998 World Cup, as the Three Lions triumphed 2-0 over Tunisia. David Beckham then arrowed in a magnificent free-kick to help earn a 2-0 win over Colombia in the final group game.

Becks went on to score again in the 2002 tournament, with a penalty in the 1-0 win over Argentina, helping banish memories of his red card against the South Americans in Toulon four years previously. In 2006, his free-kick accounted for Ecuador, but he had left Old Trafford by that point and was plying his trade for Real Madrid in Spain.

At the last World Cup, in Russia in 2018, two United Academy graduates managed to get on the scoresheet.

Jesse Lingard smashed home one of England's goals against Panama, during a 6-1 victory in the group stages. Paul Pogba went on to lift the trophy with France and, after having a strike changed to an own goal by Australia's Aziz Behich in their opener, he found the net in style during the 4-2 final win over Croatia.

Also at the tournament, Adnan Januzaj bagged the only goal for Belgium against England in the last group game but he had already left United, for Real Sociedad.


Rashford's calmly taken effort, from Harry Kane's pass, was the 37th goal overall by any United player at a World Cup finals.

Charlton, Robin van Persie and Romelu Lukaku are the top marksmen in that particular chart, with four goals apiece.


4 goals: Sir Bobby Charlton
3 goals: David Beckham*
1 goal: Adnan Januzaj*, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Paul Scholes, Norman Whiteside. 

* = includes goals while not at United.

David Platt is also probably worthy of a mention here, too, as he was an apprentice at United, even if he did not make a senior first-team appearance. The England midfielder scored three times at Italia '90, against Belgium, Cameroon and Italy.