Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has now scored 20 goals across all competitions. And he’s become the first player for the Red Devils to do that in consecutive seasons since Wayne Rooney. In the process, he’s put the likes of Robin van Persie, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to shame.
It’s been a difficult time for United in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson walked off into the sunset.
But Rashford has been one of the brightest spots since the Scot’s departure, with the England international developing into a fine asset for both club and country.
And, on Thursday night, he took his tally to 20 for the campaign.
Rashford opened the scoring in his side’s 2-0 Europa League win over Granada, with Bruno Fernandes also finding the net in the closing stages.
And he’s also become the first player since Rooney to notch 20 goals in consecutive seasons – something that puts the likes of Van Persie, Lukaku and Ibrahimovic to shame.
The trio have all outscored Rashford when it comes to individual seasons.
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Van Persie bagged 30 from 48 matches across all competitions in he 2012/2013 seasons after joining from Arsenal, propelling the Red Devils to the Premier League title in the process.
But the Netherlands international’s consistency vanished the moment Ferguson walked away, with the player toiling under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Van Persie scored 18 from 28 matches under Moyes and, in his final season at Old Trafford, found the net just 10 times.
Ibrahimovic and Lukaku both bagged 28 goals each in their first full years at United but, afterwards, both players were unable to maintain the same high standards.
AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic scored just once in the 2017/2018 season before leaving for LA Galaxy, with Jose Mourinho deeming him past his best.
And Lukaku’s goal tally dropped to 15 in the 2018/2019 season, with the Belgium international then leaving for Inter Milan in the aftermath.
It’s certainly not easy to be a United player.
But Rashford has shown he’s on the right track and, if he continues to develop, could still become one of the best players in world football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the forward after his goal against Granada on Thursday night, while also hailing Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BT Sport: “[Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes] have been exceptional, so important for us.
“It was a very good run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically. Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved it.
“Bruno drives the team, he drives himself. He’s got such a hunger and enthusiasm to win and do well.
“I’ve played in teams with a lot stronger personalities than that, to be honest. That’s the way for us to improve, to take to the next level, is to demand more and more and more.
“Marcus scored a fantastic goal from a great pass by Victor, great run, and great skill to bring the ball down like this. We’ve seen it a few times before like this, it’s a top-top quality goal.
“It was not a perfect night. We got three yellow cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain. We’ve got to play well to get a result.
“It was an important goal, the second.
“A 1-0 lead, losing three players, is not a good position to be in. I don’t think we deserved five yellow cards, but that’s happened. We’re delighted with the result, of course.”
On Fernandes, who was knocked in the eye, he said: “I haven’t seen the penalty.
“I’ve just seen his eye when he came off. He got hit, Mike Phelan said he took one in the face and it was a clear penalty, but I’ve not seen it.
“His eye is red. To score with just one eye open is also a skill! I had to protect Luke Shaw, but think and hope he should be okay for the weekend.”