Marcus Rashford’s vital goal against Leeds on Wednesday night equaled Wayne Rooney’s streak of scoring in successive Premier League home games for Manchester United.
The England attacker, 25, scored soon after the hour mark to launch the Red Devils’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit at home to their old enemies. Following a first-minute strike from Wilfried Gnoto and an own goal from Raphael Varane shortly after halftime, Rashford headed home beautifully from Diogo Dalot’s cross eight minutes before replacement Jadon Sancho rifled past Illan Meslier.
Rashford made headlines once more with another outstanding performance, increasing his tally to 20 goals in all competitions. With his goal against Leeds, he became the first Red Devils player since Wayne Rooney in April 2012, when the club great tallied twice against Everton, to score in six consecutive league games at Old Trafford.
Rashford’s streak began in October, before the World Cup break when he scored the game-winning goal against West Ham. Following the return of domestic football in late December, the boyhood Red Devil scored and assisted against Nottingham Forest before scoring again shortly after the turn of the year against Bournemouth.
Rashford has been playing like a forward reborn under Erik ten Hag, scoring a late winner against Manchester City in mid-January and another vital goal in last weekend’s 2-1 triumph against Crystal Palace. Then, against Leeds, he scored his sixth goal in six top-flight home games after rising to meet Dalot’s cross.
Rashford has 11 Premier League goals this season, averaging one every other game, and has been particularly impressive in the EFL Cup. His five goals in five games have helped the Red Devils go to the final at Wembley Stadium later this month when they will face Newcastle.
Rashford’s other goals came in the Europa League (three) and the FA Cup (one). The Three Lions player is having such a good season at his side that he has scored more Premier League goals in 2023 (five) than Liverpool and Chelsea combined.
Furthermore, he is second only behind Erling Haaland (31) in goals in all competitions this season, ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane (19) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (17). Rashford’s celebration, in which he places his index finger to his temple, has thus become more common in recent weeks.
It has even caught on among his Premier League teammates, with Gnoto imitating his adversary after scoring on Wednesday night.