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Marcus Rashford
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Rashford warming up for Manchester United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Marcus Rashford[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 19
Youth career
2003–2005 Fletcher Moss Rangers
2005–2015 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Manchester United 78 (17)
National team
2012 England U16 2 (0)
2014 England U18 2 (0)
2016 England U20 2 (0)
2016– England U21 1 (3)
2016– England 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:59, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:59, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Marcus Rashford (born 31 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the English national team.

A Manchester United player from the age of seven, he scored twice in both his first-team debut (in the UEFA Europa League) after the warm-up injury of striker Anthony Martial and in his first Premier League match in February 2016 (against Arsenal). He also scored in his first Manchester derby match, his first League Cup match and his first UEFA Champions League match.

Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match.

Club career

Manchester United

Early career

Rashford was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, and is of Kittitian descent.[4] Rashford began playing football for Fletcher Moss Rangers[5] at the age of five and joined the academy system at Manchester United at the age of seven.[6][7]

2015–16: Debut season

Rashford warming up for Manchester United in 2016

Rashford was named on the first-team bench for the first time on 21 November 2015 by Louis van Gaal for a Premier League match against Watford, which Manchester United won 2–1.[8] On 25 February 2016, Rashford was a late addition to the Manchester United starting line-up for their UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg tie against Midtjylland after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up; Rashford marked his first-team debut with two goals in the second half of a 5–1 win.[9] Rashford's goals made him Manchester United's youngest ever scorer in European competition, beating a record previously held by George Best.[10][11] Rashford made his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later; he again scored twice and provided the assist for the other goal in a 3–2 home victory, making him the third youngest scorer for United in Premier League history after Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck.[12] On 20 March 2016, Rashford scored the only goal in the Manchester derby, his team's first away league win over Manchester City since 2012.[13] Aged just 18 years and 141 days, Rashford made his mark as the youngest ever scorer in a Manchester derby in the Premier League era.[14]

During the FA Cup sixth-round replay against West Ham on 13 April 2016, Rashford scored a fantastic curled goal in a 2–1 win to put United through to the semi-finals.[15] He later led the line in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace on 21 May, which ended in a 2–1 victory marking United's 12th FA Cup win and Rashford's first piece of silverware.[16] He wrapped up the season with 8 goals in 18 appearances, despite only debuting in February, as well as winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year.[17] On 30 May, Rashford signed a new contract with United, keeping him at the club until 2020, with an option to extend for a further year.[18]

2016–present

Rashford lining up for Manchester United in 2016

For the new season, marking his place as part of the senior squad, Rashford was given the number 19 by new manager José Mourinho.[19] Rashford scored his first goal of the season on 27 August 2016 against Hull City in tremendous fashion, scoring in the second minute of injury time after coming on for Juan Mata in the 71st minute.[20] He scored thrice more the next month, on 18 September in a 3–1 league defeat to Watford; on 21 September in a 3–1 victory against Northampton Town in the EFL Cup third round; and in a 4–1 league win over Leicester City on 24 September.[21][22][23] The following month he came runner-up to Portugal's Renato Sanches in the Golden Boy award for best European player under the age of 21, on 24 October.[24] As a player however he failed to score until 7 January 2017 when he scored a four-minute brace in the FA Cup against Jaap Stam's Reading, which ended 4–0.[25]

Rashford won his third trophy on 26 February in the EFL Cup Final, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute in the 3–2 victory over Southampton.[26] He was an instrumental part of United's 2–0 win over league leaders' Chelsea on 16 April, scoring the first goal after 7 minutes from Ander Herrera's through ball.[27] Rashford scored another key goal four days later against Anderlecht in the 107th minute of the Europa League quarter-final second leg in a 2–1 win (3–2 on aggregate), sending United into the next round.[28] He started in the Europa League Final on 24 May against Dutch team Ajax, which Manchester United won 2–0 thus earning his fourth, and first European, trophy.[29] Due to the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rashford spent the majority of the season on the wing. He made the most appearances of any United player during the season, playing 53 times.[30][31]

Rashford playing for Manchester United in 2017

Rashford made his first appearance of his second full senior season on 8 August 2017 against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup as a 46th-minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat.[32] He started in a 4–0 home win against West Ham five days later on 13 August, providing the assist for Romelu Lukaku's opening goal.[33] Rashford scored his first goal of the season on 26 August, the opener in a 2–0 victory over Leicester, three minutes after coming on as a substitute.[34] On 12 September, Rashford scored against Basel on his UEFA Champions League debut, the third in a 3–0 win, marking the sixth competition that he has scored in on his debut.[35] He scored a brace against Burton Albion on 20 September in EFL Cup third round, as well as assisting the fourth goal in a 4–1 victory.[36] On 23 October, Rashford came third in the 2017 Golden Boy award behind winner Kylian Mbappé and FC Barcelona's Ousmane Dembélé.[37] By 28 October, Rashford had contributed to 12 goals in 16 games, with seven goals and five assists, with his most recent goal being against Huddersfield Town on 21 October and his most recent assist coming against Swansea City on 24 October.[38][39] On 10 March 2018, Rashford scored both goals in a 2–1 win over rivals Liverpool on his first Premier League start of the year.[40]

International career

Rashford playing for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Rashford's performances in his first senior season led to calls for him to represent England at UEFA Euro 2016. Manchester United academy coach Nicky Butt dismissed these calls, calling them premature and possibly harmful for the player's development.[41] However, on 16 May, Rashford was named in Roy Hodgson's preliminary 26-man squad for the tournament.[42] He became part of England's Euro 2016 squad less than four months after making his Manchester United debut.[43] On 27 May, he started in a warm-up match against Australia at the Stadium of Light, and scored the opening goal of a 2–1 win after three minutes, becoming the youngest Englishman to score on his international debut, and the third youngest overall. The previous youngest scoring debutant was Tommy Lawton in 1938.[44]

On 16 June, he replaced Adam Lallana in the 73rd minute of England's 2–1 win over Wales at UEFA Euro 2016, making his tournament debut at the age of 18 years and 229 days, becoming the youngest ever player to represent England at the European Championships, breaking Wayne Rooney's UEFA Euro 2004 record by four days.[45] Eleven days later, as England were eliminated 2–1 by Iceland in the last 16 in Nice, Rashford came on as a substitute for the final four minutes and dribbled past three opponents, making him the best in that statistic for the whole team in that match.[46] Rashford scored his first competitive goal for the senior team on 4 September 2017, with the winning goal in England's 2–1 win over Slovakia in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[47]

He was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[48]

Career statistics

Club

As of end of 2017–18 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2015–16[49] Premier League 11 5 4 1 0 0 3[a] 2 18 8
2016–17[50] Premier League 32 5 3 3 6 1 11[a] 2 1[b] 0 53 11
2017–18[51] Premier League 35 7 5 1 3 2 8[c] 3 1[d] 0 52 13
Career total 78 17 12 5 9 3 22 7 2 0 123 32
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International

As of match played 14 July 2018[52][53]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2016 6 1
2017 9 1
2018 10 1
Total 25 3

International goals

As of match played 14 July 2018. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rashford goal.[52]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 27 May 2016 Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England 1  Australia 1–0 2–1 Friendly [44]
2 4 September 2017 Wembley Stadium, London, England 11  Slovakia 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [47]
3 7 June 2018 Elland Road, Leeds, England 19  Costa Rica 1–0 2–0 Friendly [54]

Honours

Manchester United

England

Individual

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