Rashford out to extend United record in Spain

Wednesday 15 March 2023 14:04

Marcus Rashford is already Manchester United's all-time leading scorer in Spain and our top marksman will be out to add to his tally in Thursday's Europa League second leg with Real Betis.

The reigning club and Premier League Player of the Month opened the scoring in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford, with a bullet drive high into the net, after showing real composure to get his shot away.

That was goal number 26 for the Reds this season, 29 if you count his three for England at the World Cup finals, and he will be hoping to continue his fine record in Spain in the 17:45 GMT kick-off.

Marcus Rashford's superb free-kick against Celta Vigo.

Rashford's first United goal in Spain was an important one - the cracking free-kick which proved to be the only goal of the game in the Europa League semi-final first leg, back in 2017.

A sweetly struck effort curled away from keeper Sergio Alvarez, with Opta claiming it was his first senior goal from outside the box.

The following year, he pulled one back at Valencia in a 2-1 defeat at the Mestalla, following a Carlos Soler opener and an own goal by Phil Jones.

Marcus headed home an Ashley Young cross but it proved too little, too late on the night.

The Champions League defeat meant we did not top the group, although Jose Mourinho's side still qualified for the knockout stages.

Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back in a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Valencia in 2018.

The forward's third goal in Spain for us came in a 2-0 victory at Granada, during the 2020/21 season.

He opened the scoring, when latching on to a Victor Lindelof pass to fire past Rui Silva, before Bruno Fernandes's 90th-minute penalty wrapped things up for the Reds.

This was a Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie played behind closed doors, due to the Covid pandemic restrictions.

Marcus Rashford was almost too quick for the cameras on this occasion!

Of course, Marcus's most recent strike in Spain came at the Nou Camp, when helping the Reds draw 2-2 with Barcelona in the Europa League play-off first leg.

Squeezing the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle, following a pass by Fred, it was a joyous moment for the homegrown talent and one he singled out as his highlight of a successful February.

Rashford also had a big part to play in our second on the night, when his brilliant play led to an own goal by Jules Kounde.

See Marcus Rashford's memorable goal at the Nou Camp.


4: Marcus Rashford
2: Tommy Taylor, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dwight Yorke, own goals.