It's officially Rashford's goal!

Monday 27 February 2023 10:33

Manchester United can confirm Marcus Rashford has been officially credited with the second goal in the Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle United.

The homegrown forward latched on to a pass by Wout Weghorst and fired goalwards, soon after Casemiro had headed the Reds in front. 

The ball took a deflection off Sven Botman and looped over debutant keeper Loris Karius and was initially registered as an own goal despite it appearing to be Rashford's strike, as he produced his trademark celebration.

The Reds double our lead Video

The Reds double our lead

Marcus Rashford's strike deflects in off Sven Botman to make it 2-0...

However, the club has received clarification that Rashford is indeed the goalscorer as his shot was deemed to be on target by the various match officials at Wembley.

This means this is the first time he has found the net in a major final and a sweet moment after his last appearance at the national stadium was the European Championship final shoot-out defeat to Italy with England.

It moves Marcus on to 25 United goals for the season, which is a fine achievement for the forward, and testament to his outstanding form.

He ends the successful Carabao Cup campaign with six goals for the winners, scoring in every round of the competition.

There was an interesting coincidence regarding the two scorers for the Reds as they wore the same shirt numbers (18 and 10) as the marksmen in the 1999 FA Cup final, the last time the two clubs met at Wembley. Teddy Sheringham (10) and Paul Scholes (18) found the net on that occasion, en route to the Treble.

Weghorst, of course, has also been credited with the assist - just reward for another industrious performance by the big Dutchman.