Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford (R) scores their second purpose from the penalty spot in the course of the English Premier League soccer match towards Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 11, 2020. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Marcus Rashford marked his 2 hundredth look for Manchester United with two objectives in a 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, leaving his supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicting he can get even higher.
Anthony Martial and spectacular teenager Mason Greenwood had been additionally on the mark as Solskjaer’s group maintained their hopes of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League by the league desk.
But these prospects could rely on the continued health of Rashford, who was substituted after lower than an hour and was declared uncertain for Wednesday’s FA third-round replay with Wolves as a result of damage issues.
Solskjaer admitted he should deal with Rashford’s health rigorously and little surprise provided that the 22-year-old has now scored 19 instances in his previous 23 video games for United and England.
“What an achievement, to get to 200 games at his age,” stated the Norwegian boss. “I don’t know how many goals he has scored but he has 19 (for United) this season and he’s been absolutely top class to work with.
“He’s a great kid, great attitude, he wants to learn, wants to improve but knows he has to keep his feet on the ground but is always available even though today he is carrying quite a few knocks.
“He’s played many, many games, I might have to look at how we manage him but of course he can get so much better. He’s got everything to be a top-class player.”
– Rampant Rashford –
Rashford now has 64 objectives in his United profession, with the 63rd of these coming within the twenty seventh minute after largely unrelenting house strain, though the purpose owed every little thing to a unbelievable help from Juan Mata.
The Spanish playmaker acquired an extended cross from Victor Lindelof and, after Todd Cantwell backed off somewhat too far, had the area to drift in an ideal cross which Rashford volleyed in on the far publish.
David de Gea was required to make an outstanding save late within the first half to maintain their lead intact, diving properly to claw away a curling shot from Cantwell.
But that was a uncommon lapse from a United facet that dominated for the majority of the sport and may have been having fun with a extra snug cushion by the interval.
That lastly got here with two objectives in fast succession early within the second half, with Rashford closely concerned within the first of these, enjoying a ball into the world for Brandon Williams to chase.
The younger full-back gained a penalty after a rash problem from goalkeeper Tim Krul.
United had missed 4 of their earlier eight penalties this season — two of their win at Norwich earlier than Christmas — however Rashford made no mistake on this event with a agency strike into the underside right-hand nook.
The Reds didn’t have lengthy to attend for a 3rd as Williams performed a fast, brief nook to Mata whose cross was headed in brilliantly by Martial, who rose powerfully amid a crowded six-yard space to go firmly previous Krul.
It was the second help of a powerful afternoon for Mata, with Norwich’s outplayed midfield and motionless defence having no reply to his skill-set.
“When you get Juan facing forward he can pick those passes and put crosses in, he was excellent,” stated Solskjaer.
Williams himself ought to have continued the rout moments later, lacking an open web from three yards, earlier than substitute Greenwood lastly produced that fourth after 75 minutes, driving a left-foot shot previous Krul from the sting of the world.