Marcus Rashford has reflected on his current goalscoring form and matching a club legend’s record.
The 25-year-old has been in exceptional form across the season and particularly since returning from the international break, as he has scored seven goals in his last six matches and was consequently named December’s Player of the Month.
Rashford has also found the back of the net in eight consecutive home games, a streak that Wayne Rooney achieved in 2010. If he can get his name onto the scoresheet in the Manchester derby on Saturday, he will also etch his name into the history books, as he will level the club record set by one of the Busby Babes, Dennis Viollet.
The England international is now on 15 goals and six assists in all competitions and his confidence grows with every goal contribution he registers. On his current performances, Rashford told MUTV: “It’s been good, you know, I’ve been scoring goals and, ultimately, we’ve been winning games, so it’s been an enjoyable moment. At the same time, it’s been a bit difficult with everyone coming back in different frames of mind from the World Cup but it’s good to be back and to put the performances and the results together like we’ve done so far.”
He added: “I just feel that, as long as we keep creating good opportunities, then we’re going to score goals. I think with the forward line, there’s a lot of talent in it. It obviously has goalscoring ability so it’s not just going to be me who’s scoring goals. I think the forwards, in general, will score goals because we’ve got very good passers of the ball in the team. As long as we make good runs consistently, there shouldn’t be a game where we don’t get a chance.
“I think, as a forward line, we’re happy with the way we’re playing at the minute, but there’s always room for improvement and you never get tired of scoring goals. A lot of us are still hungry to do that. Like I said, with the players we’ve got in the midfield and the backline playing forward passes, I’m sure we’ll continue to do that.”
Rashford on Rooney
The Old Trafford faithful are accustomed to seeing a prolific No.10, having once had one of the best in the world lining up every week for the Red Devils. Rashford spoke about his former teammate Rooney, who is United’s all-time top goalscorer with a remarkable 253 goals to his name, and what it meant to level his home goalscoring record.
He said: “Yeah, obviously it’s a massive moment for me, but for me to match something that he’s done is incredible. I think he had an incredible career for United. He was one of my heroes growing up and someone that I always used to enjoy watching, probably not just because he’s a top player but just his personality on the pitch.
Class @MarcusRashford. Let’s keep it going….👏👏👏
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) January 10, 2023
“He wants to leave everything out there and it’s just the small things that make up his qualities that he showed for many years. They were the things that appealed to me when I was younger and watching him, so it’s always great to be along the same lines as those types of players, because it means you’re doing something right.”