Rashford: I could feel my 100th goal coming
Marcus Rashford has revealed his favourite moment of the season so far – and says the goal in question perfectly encapsulates the newfound confidence and determination he is playing with in 2022/23.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, when asked by Danny Webber for his individual highlight of the campaign, the Mancunian hero opted for a huge milestone: his 100th United goal.
Rashford became just the 22nd player in club history to reach that landmark when he delivered the decisive blow in our 1-0 win over West Ham United in late October.
But it was the manner of the goal itself – a lunging, give-it-the-kitchen-sink header – that sums up our no.10’s current levels of self-belief and contentment with life.
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“My happiest point on the pitch was probably scoring my 100th goal,” Rashford told Webber, in a new in-depth interview that you can watch above.
“It was a tight game. We weren't playing as well as we would have liked to. We'd obviously played a lot of games; we were just coming to the end of that block of tough games in a short space of time.
“So I felt we were maybe a bit tired and not 100 per cent at it, but we were in the game, we were creating chances. We could have scored one or two goals before; I could have scored one before as well.
“But I just felt like I was getting in good positions you know? I felt like it was going to come.
“I just had to keep investing my energy in making the box, making the back post, getting across the front post – whatever I felt was needed in the moment... just invest 100 per cent to it.
“We got the goal, and then we had to defend well after that! It was obviously a nice game to win, and a special day for me to get that goal.”
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Marcus accepts last season was a challenging one for him. Indeed, it was the first time he had failed to reach double figures since his breakthrough year, 2016, when he was involved in just four months of first-team action.
But following a good few weeks to rest and recharge in the summer, and under the influence of new manager Erik ten Hag, he is once again leading the Reds’ attack with conviction.
“I didn't know that I needed it,” Rashford admits, “but when I've had it [the break] and when I came back, even towards the end of holidays, I was just eager to get back on the pre-season tour and just start playing games.
“There was a lot of things to look forward to. I just wanted to start the process and I probably needed [the break for] the mental side of things more than the physical, really.”