Rashford: There's always something to push for

Sunday 19 February 2023 18:36

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has described how the goal that took him to a new personal milestone unfolded.

The Englishman netted goals 23 and 24 for the season in all competitions during our 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City, with the first of those two strikes taking him beyond his previous highest tally for the club in a single campaign.

Opening the scoring in the 25th minute of the match, the 25-year-old was played in behind by a defence-beating ball from Bruno Fernandes. Bearing down on goal, he lifted his head briefly to survey the scene before rifling the ball past a helpless Danny Ward in the Foxes goal.

“I was going to pass it,” revealed Marcus, who spoke to both MUTV and Sky Sports following the match.

Marcus revealed he looked at the option of passing before putting United ahead.

“I think Garno [Alejandro Garnacho] made a good run but the defender was on the inside of him.

“So had a little look at the keeper and then a look at Garno and just thought shooting across the goal would be the best option. If the keeper saved it then he [Garnacho] could have a chance of tapping it in for a rebound.

“I was always going to go across goal there, but it was good for it to hit the back of the net.”

Asked if he sets any particular targets when it comes to goalscoring, Rashford responded: “I think you just keep going game by game. I’ve set many targets per month, per week, but it’s important for me to just stay focused and on the things that matter and that’s the team winning games.

“You’re not going to score every game, but you can be a big help to the team every game if you concentrate and work hard.”

He added that he certainly feels confident when it comes to being in front of goal, saying: “Confidence is part of football really and you have to find it within yourself and it can also be given through your team-mates, your manager, your family... just your support system really.

“I’m feeling good at the minute. I’m happy and pleased that we’re involved in big games. The next game for us is a massive game, followed by an even bigger one so hopefully we can finish what’s been a good start to the week.”

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Rashford’s second strike of the afternoon came on 56 minutes, when Fred dissected the Leicester back line to leave our no.10 free to slot the ball through Ward’s legs. Initially, it was ruled out by the assistant referee's flag – only for VAR to determine he was level with the last defender when the Brazilian played the ball forward.

When asked about it, he said: “I thought that I was onside just because I could see the line and the timing of the pass was perfect from Fred.

“I was quite confident that it was going to be given. The ref said it was close, but from what I could see in the moment of the action I knew it was onside.”
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The striker added the motivation of matches like Thursday's second leg of the play-off tie with Barcelona is spurring the squad forward.

“I think it’s difficult not to keep pushing, we’re still early on in the season and we’re fighting for a lot of different things," said Rashford.

“We have another big game in midweek to hopefully go through to the next round of the Europa League and then a massive game at the weekend for us, so there’s always something to push for and look forward to. I don’t feel like slowing down, I’m just trying to improve.”