Rio Ferdinand, a Manchester United legend, has finally disclosed the origins of Marcus Rashford’s new goal celebration.
The Red Devils forward are having a fantastic season, with a brace against Leicester bringing his total to 24 goals in all competitions. Rashford’s haul has seen him use his celebration on several occasions, with the striker pointing to his head after finding the net.
Thus far, the purpose of the celebration has perplexed fans. Ferdinand claimed on his Vibe with Five YouTube show that he had finally gotten to the bottom of things.
He had a private chat with Rashford when visiting the Red Devils’ Carrington Training Complex, with the striker’s celebration among the hot subjects. “Rashford, by the way, I found out today, I went to Carrington today to interview Bruno [Fernandes], and it was good,” Ferdinand remarked.
“I saw [long-serving receptionist] Kath [Phipps], the lady’s been there 56 years!” Ridiculous! Yet the celebration is a state of mind. That’s pretty cool, innit? Simple. But it’s simply traveled a long distance. Everyone on the planet is doing it right now. Rashford has had an impact on all of the young players scoring goals.
“Just seeing Marcus grin – I’ve said it so many times – just seeing him smile, there’s a distinct vibe about him.
“He’s enjoying himself, there’s a bounce in his step. It was a pleasant conversation. The atmosphere is pleasant.”
Rashford has frequently spoken openly about his mental health, admitting that he has struggled in previous seasons. The 25-year-old has admitted that he is in a much better mentality currently, which is a big reason for his most productive season yet.
“To be honest, there is a completely different energy surrounding the whole club, the training site, and that puts me in a better mental space — I feel more motivated now,” he stated last year.
“I battled at times last season – more with mental issues than with my own ability. It was something off the field. Last season, I wasn’t always in the correct frame of mind.”
Man United fans will be hoping to witness Rashford’s celebration more frequently in the next week, as Erik ten Hag’s side faces a crucial pair of games. At Old Trafford, the Red Devils face Barcelona in the second leg of their Europa League playoff.
Rashford shined at Camp Nou in the first leg, equalizing for United with a devastating finish before forcing Jules Kounde into an own goal. Following the clash with the Catalan giants, the Red Devils face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final, with Ten Hag hoping to earn silverware in his debut season at Old Trafford.