Marcus Rashford matched Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney as he handed the Red Devils the lead against Brentford in a clash of the European hopefuls.
The Englishman has been in red hot form this season, and is a large reason why Erik ten Hag’s side are currently Carabao Cup holders and in a strong position to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford next season.
They faced something of a banana peel fixture against Brentford after a 2-0 mauling by Newcastle United, with the Bees having demolished them 4-0 earlier in the season in the lowest point of Ten Hag’s Red Devil reign.
However, Rashford put them on course for all three points at Old Trafford with his 15th goal in the top flight, finishing coolly after Marcel Sabitzer found him with a header.
It meant that Rashford became the first man since Wayne Rooney in 2011-2012 to reach 19 home goals across all competitions, with the Red Devils having made Old Trafford something of a fortress this season.
Meanwhile, the Englishman reached 28 goals for Manchester United this season, the joint most by a United player in one campaign in the post-Alex Ferguson world with Swede icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And, to underline just how impressive the 25-year-old has been, only Napoli’s Victor Osimhen in Europe’s top five leagues has netted more than Rashford since the World Cup break.
Out of contract in 2024, Rashford has been staunch in his desire to remain in Manchester beyond his current deal, and all parties are confident of reaching an agreement over an extension of his deal which will keep him at Old Trafford for the best part of his career.