Explained: The Meaning Behind Marcus Rashford’s Goal Celebration

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their third goal.

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Marcus Rashford’s scintillating form in front of goal has led to rival managers in Frank Lampard and Xavi waxing lyrical about his impact.

Since the World Cup, the Englishman has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Manchester United – more than Chelsea and Liverpool. But the 25-year-old isn’t in the spotlight only for his goals. His celebration – where he points to his head – has also been a topic of interest.

Rio Ferdinand, who visited the Carrington training ground to interview Bruno Fernandes earlier this week, has managed to find out the origins of Rashford’s celebration.

Speaking on his Vibe with Five podcast, the legendary centre-back said: “The celebration, it’s mentality. Nice, innit. Simple. But it’s just travelled massively. Everyone round the world is doing it now. All the young kids scoring goals, that’s the impact Rashford has had.”

Ten Hag must be delighted by his talisman’s goal-scoring streak, and with Barcelona and Newcastle next up, the Dutchman will hope Rashford maintains his decisiveness in the final third.

After their 2-2 draw in the Europa League play-off first leg at Camp Nou, the Red Devils will lock horns with the Spanish giants at Old Trafford on Thursday to decide the outcome of the Europa League tie.

Three days later, United will face Newcastle in the League Cup final at Wembley in a bid to end their near-six-year trophy drought.