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Rashford follows in Ronaldo and Rooney´s Man Utd footsteps with 50th Premier League goal

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 Dec 2020

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Marcus Rashford became the third-youngest player to score 50 Premier League goals for Manchester United as he opened the scoring against Leicester City.

Having missed a great chance in the opening minutes when he headed over from Bruno Fernandes’ cross, Rashford slotted home his sixth league goal of the season to put United 1-0 up against the Foxes.

Aged 23 years and 56 days, Rashford is behind only Wayne Rooney (22 years and 157 days) and Cristiano Ronaldo (22 years 341 days) in terms of the youngest United players to reach a half-century of Premier League goals.

Rashford’s opener – which was set up by Fernandes, who has been directly involved in over half of United’s Premier League goals since his debut (30/59), scoring 17 and assisting a further 13 – also saw the Red Devils open the scoring in an away game in the top-flight for the first time since July 26, also against Leicester.

United’s lead lasted just eight minutes, however, as Harvey Barnes thumped in a brilliant equaliser for Brendan Rodgers’ team.

Fernandes played his part again, conceding possession in United’s defensive third, with Barnes ensuring the visitors were punished. The winger has scored seven goals in 20 games in all competitions this season, equalling his tally from the 2019-20 campaign (seven in 42 appearances).

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