Rashford: No other goal compares to my favourite
Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford says that nothing he has achieved has given him quite the same feeling as his first goal in professional football.
As an 18-year-old, the Academy graduate memorably broke into the first team for a UEFA Europa League tie against Midtjylland, and scored twice.
Three days later, he repeated the feat, this time against Arsenal in the Premier League, and when asked for his greatest moment from his four-year spell in the senior team, Rashford says nothing since has quite compared to the feeling of netting those first goals.
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“You know, every other goal after that, it's not quite the same as that first goal," admitted the 22-year-old.
“I just felt grateful, really, to have the opportunity to play for the club and to be able to score goals like the one on my debut.”
United's no. 10, who had fired 19 goals during 2019/20 before picking up a serious back injury in January, also mentioned two matches that particularly stand out from his burgeoning career.
"There's obviously a few moments. I'd say the FA Cup final, when we won it in 2016 [against Crystal Palace]. That was one of the standout moments, because it was the first trophy," said the Wythenshawe-born forward.
"I actually joined the campaign sort of midway through the FA Cup, so it was nice. I started the season in the Youth Cup and finished it by winning the FA Cup. So it was a nice feeling."
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The semi-final that led to that success was the next game in Marcus's thinking – a dramatic 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley that saw saved penalties, goal-line clearances and a glorious late winner from Anthony Martial.
“Would Everton [the 2016 FA Cup semi-final] be a special match? Yeah, I'd say so,” explained Rashford. "In terms of the way that we played, especially the way we attacked going forward. We tried to push the game, always be on the front foot, and we were causing them problems for the 90 minutes.
“I think just the way that we won at the end – Anthony scored late on – makes it that little bit better. But even if that game finished a comfortable 3-0 to us, that would still be my favourite game, just because of the way that we played.
“It felt like the goal was coming, but then the time crept up as well. But I just think, as a team, we never looked like we were going to not score that winning goal. We stayed patient, and kept doing what we were doing, and Anthony got the opportunity and made it count.”