Marcus Rashford clearly has an eye for the spectacular.
The English forward was on the scoresheet during Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
His goal was the temporary winner of the game, arriving after a Neal Maupay penalty and a Lewis Dunk own-goal. The beauty of the shot was perhaps forgotten in the events after it as the home side scored late on through a header from Solly March.
However, it was United who had the cruel late laugh as Bruno Fernandes was awarded and scored a penalty after the full-time whistle was blown.
Nevertheless, many took notice of Rashford’s scintillating build-up to the goal.
Firstly, the quality of Bruno Fernandes’ long pass to Rashford has to be given credit to.
However, it was the forward who did all the hard-work with his excellent run.
That is absolutely brilliant by Marcus Rashford 🔥
Man Utd’s number 🔟 takes things into his own hands after a brilliant ball through by Bruno Fernandes!
Sat the defender down twice… pic.twitter.com/wgEcrFuab1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2020
Marcus Rashford, dropping school meals on a Friday night to dropping Ben White on a Saturday afternoon 😍
— ManUnitedMedia (@ManUnitedMedia) September 26, 2020
Rashford will end a defender’s career so they can’t feed their kids and then he’ll go by himself and feed their kids
— Pøgba Senior (@TheSaItIsHere) September 26, 2020
Ben White was eating grass 😭😭😭 Rashford feeding everyone.
— ً (@ChizzyVII) September 26, 2020
Marcus Rashford ending careers on the pitch while helping to feed kids off it 👏 pic.twitter.com/Xr5CFRDwJr
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 26, 2020
But what tickled fans the most was the absolute ruthlessness with which he took the scampering Brighton back-line, causing trouble to three players and rendering the late run of a fourth one to be moot.
Ben White was particularly embarrassed by the effort and Lewis Dunk actually received a body blow as the ball was going in, adding salt to the injury of his own-goal in the first-half.
Rashford would have been hungry for that goal given the events from earlier on in the game. In the first spell, his clever pass to Mason Greenwood that ended in a goal was ruled offside. In the second-half, the opposite happened as it was Greenwood who made an excellent pass to a well-positioned Rashford, albeit from an offside position.
Perhaps this is why the 22-year-old decided to have a bit of fun with his eventual goal, which has now drawn comparison to several illustrious strikes as well.
The strike also sees him top the club’s scoring charts as it was his second goal in three games.