At the turn of the year, it’s highly probable the average football fan hadn’t the foggiest who Marcus Rashford was.
But at a time when the football was turgid and the players uninspiring at Manchester United, the young forward has been a breath of fresh air at Old Trafford.
And on his EFL Cup debut last night against Northampton Town, Rashford did what he’s been doing for the past six months.
Marcus Rashford's goal to wrap up the victory and send United through to the 4th round in HD! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/nTpSXOuH9P
— Manchester United (@ManUtds_News) September 21, 2016
The goal continued the England international’s remarkable record of goalscoring.
For club and country… Marcus Rashford just can't stop scoring! pic.twitter.com/kFymqetn4v
— HannahCarrollDesign (@HannahCDesigns) September 21, 2016
Rashford has now scored on his
Europa League debut
Premier League debut
Manchester derby debut
Eng U21 debut
EFL Cup debut
— Lisa Johnson (@girlmanutd) September 21, 2016
He’s making it all look a bit easy, isn’t he?
How Marcus Rashford feels about playing football for a living… pic.twitter.com/qIWzYSvmOv
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) September 21, 2016
Some people enjoyed the unusual nature of the finish, as Marcus blasted the ball in from little more than a yard out.
Rashford's been playing too much FIFA. pic.twitter.com/47fjux6rD9
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 21, 2016
Meanwhile, others focused on the hard work he’d done to get there in the first place.
That, kids, is why you don't give up on a loose ball!
Marcus Rashford has no right to get that, but does. Absolute star.
— Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) September 21, 2016
If you want to know what playing for the shirt & not the pay packet is it was Rashford running 40 yards to chase nothing & make it something
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) September 22, 2016
It’s looking a bit ominous for opposition fans…
If you've keenly observed, Rashford and Ibrahimovic have some chemistry and it's growing every time they are playing.
— Reginald. (@MatasLeftFoot8) September 22, 2016
We thought we’d leave the last word to the man of the moment – will Jose Mourinho have to offer him a starting place?
Good night â½ï¸ pic.twitter.com/G8Y9wz0hK3
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 21, 2016
Here's a little extra sport. BallTalk TV ask who is the real special one – Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola?