Marcus Rashford

How has Rashford emulated van Nistelrooy?

Thursday 03 December 2020 12:00

Marcus Rashford's night at Old Trafford may have ended in disappointment, as he went off injured and Manchester United lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain, but the 23-year-old scored in Europe once more.

Marcus's 32nd-minute deflected strike was his third in as many games against the French champions, and his sixth in total in the UEFA Champions League this season.

That tally sees him sit joint-first in the competition's top-scorer rankings, alongside Juventus centre-forward Alvaro Morata and Erling Braut Haaland, of Borussia Dortmund.

Rashford has scored, on average, a goal every 54 minutes in the tournament so far, compared to Haaland's 58 and Morata's 61.

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Solskjaer confirms Marcus is struggling with a shoulder injury that will require medical attention.

Our no.10 also managed to do something no United player has achieved since Ruud van Nistelrooy, back in the 2004/05 season.

After his hat-trick at home to RB Leipzig, and last week's successfully converted penalty against Istanbul Basaksehir, Rashford has now scored in each of our three group-stage games played at Old Trafford this campaign.

According to Opta, Ruud was the last Red to do that, notching six goals across three games against Fenerbahce, Sparta Prague and Lyon, 15 years ago. Teddy Sheringham and Juan Sebastian Veron also achieved the feat, in 2000/01 and 2002/03 respectively.

If passed fit to play after his shoulder scare, Rashford will have the opportunity to carve out his own piece of Champions League history in Leipzig next week.

The Wythenshawe wonder needs just one more strike to become the first Englishman to hit seven Champions League goals in a single group stage for any side - he currently holds the joint-record, with Tottenham's Harry Kane.

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