Marcus Rashford

Stat shows how Rashford made history in Granada

Manchester United hero Marcus Rashford equalled a long-standing record held by Sir Bobby Charlton on Thursday, with the goal he scored in our Europa League victory over Granada.

The much-loved Academy graduate latched onto an inch-perfect pass from Victor Lindelof to break the deadlock in Andalusia, setting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds on the way to a 2-0 success.

Rashford has now tallied eight goals in European competition this season, with six in the Champions League group stage and another two in the Europa League knockout rounds.

According to records, that impressive haul makes Marcus the first English player to score eight goals in European competition in a single season (excluding qualifiers) since Sir Bobby in 1964/65.

Highlights: Granada 0 United 2Video

Charlton's eight-goal return came in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a competition in which Matt Busby's United reached the semi-finals that season.

Coincidentally, Solskjaer's United are well-placed to reach the Europa League's last four following this week's first-leg victory in Spain. 

One more goal for Rashford, which could come in next week’s second leg at Old Trafford, would see him overtake Charlton and match Busby Babe Dennis Viollet, who scored nine times in our maiden European Cup campaign.

Denis Law, who is of course from Scotland, also got nine in 1968/69, but Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy is still out in front in terms of most goals in a European season for United, having netted 12 during the 2002/03 season.

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR MARCUS

Rashford’s goal against Granada on Thursday was his 20th of the season so far and he has now achieved that number in successive campaigns, which highlights his impressive consistency up front. 

His total of 22 in 2019/20 was a career best and, with so many fixtures still to play this term, both domestically and hopefully in Europe, you have to imagine he will break that personal record with style.

All The Goals: Rashford hits 20 for the seasonVideo

Just to hit you with another stat to finish, Marcus is the first United player to score 20 goals in back-to-back seasons since the great Wayne Rooney did so in 2008/09 and 2009/10, so he's in fine company there. 

Rashford hopes to continue his fine scoring form on Sunday when the Reds face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

 

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