Marcus Rashford on worst kit, best goal and van Gaal

Marcus Rashford has now made more than 200 appearances for Manchester United.

Having made his debut in 2016 under Louis van Gaal, Rashford spoke to Ryan Giggs for Bleacher Report about some of the best and worst moments of his Old Trafford career.

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Rashford not a fan of salmon

Rashford was not a fan of the ‘salmon’ away kit United had last season and recalled getting sent off in it away at Burnley under Jose Mourinho.

He said: “I don’t like the salmon one. In the first game I wore it, I got sent off. Burnley away.

“I said to Jesse before the game, ‘I don’t like this kit,’ and then that happens. It’s not one of my favourites.”

It’s hard to disagree with Rashford on that one. The pink kit looked washed out and moved United away from their traditional change colours of either white, black or royal blue.

This season’s beige effort is even worse and for the biggest club in the world, United don’t look to have the best design team!

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First goal is his favourite

Rashford said his first goal for United, in a 5-1 Europa League win over Midtjylland gave him the best feeling of any of his strikes in red.

He stated: “The first one was the biggest feeling that I’ve had. The adrenaline that I got. It wasn’t the best goal but in terms of what it meant for me.”

Rashford has scored in wins over Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as the winner on that famous night in Paris in March.

But that euphoria of finding the net – twice – on a night where he was thrust into the limelight has still yet to be beaten. Perhaps he’s waiting to score the winner in a cup final for United…

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Dressing down from van Gaal

Rashford gives the impression that he had a very good relationship with van Gaal until his sacking in 2016, praising his man-management and coaching skills.

He did share a time when he received a dressing down from the famously forthright Dutchman, when he was late.

“It wasn’t my fault!” Rashford said. “I was late. He was strict on the timing. I was late once but I had college work.

Giggs recalls that van Gaal liked to get in players’ faces and Rashford says: “It was a weird telling off, it was a talking to. After that I made sure I was always on time.”

It’s clear that van Gaal did plenty for Rashford’s development and putting him into the spotlight in the closing months of his reign is arguably the best thing he did for United in those two years.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.