Marcus Rashford

Marcus is catching up with United greats

Monday 25 January 2021 14:25

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is making his way up the club's all-time list of leading goalscorers.

When our no. 10 excellently controlled Mason Greenwood’s through ball and slotted in a composed finish against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday, Rashford equalled a true United legend in terms of goals in the red shirt.

With the strike against our arch-rivals, his 82nd in total for United, the Academy graduate moved level with the one-and-only Eric Cantona. The French talisman achieved the same goal tally in 182 appearances for the Reds between 1992 and 1997. 

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The Wythenshawe man, who has featured 245 times for the club, is now joint 25th in United’s all-time goalscoring charts, at the age of just 23.

Since his debut against Danish outfit Midtjylland in the Europa League in February 2016, the striker has also provided 50 assists for the first-team, making that an outstanding 132 direct goal contributions in under five years.

Next for Rashford to catch on the magnificent list of scorers, we find a man who also provided some excellent deliveries for his team-mates. Legendary right-sided midfielder David Beckham found the net 85 times during his trophy-laden United career. Becks, who also created 98 goals, made 388 appearances in 11 years for the Reds between 1992 and 2003.

With only three goals to equal the Treble-winner, few would bet against an in-form Rashford beating our former no. 7’s tally before the end of the campaign.

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Then there’s a little gap up to the next Red on the list, Lou Macari, who contributed 97 strikes for United between 1973 and 1984. Captain Marvel, Bryan Robson, sits just above Scotsman, as the midfielder put the ball past the keeper on 99 occasions from 1981 to 1994.

Wayne Rooney is the club’s all-time top goalscorer on 253 goals, with the former United skipper achieving the record in 559 appearances between 2004 and 2017. The former striker, who recently retired to become the manager of Derby County, surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's previous record of 249 strikes, when he scored a free-kick against Stoke City in January 2017.