Marcus Rashford scored once in Manchester United’s win over Brighton at the weekend.

It could easily have been more, and really should have been. Rashford had seven shots at goal in United’s 3-1 win.

Three of these were on target, with his biggest miss coming from close range after a terrific counter attacking run and cross from winger Dan James.

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When Rashford did make the breakthrough, it came from a tougher chance.

His performance was praised by former United striker Louis Saha. The Frenchman praised the attitude of the young forward to keep on going.

Rashford sent a reply to Saha, saying he was ‘gutted’ not to have scored more.

Hunt for goals

No United player has scored a hat-trick for the club since Robin van Persie.

That’s an eye-opening stat which emphasises the club’s inconsistency in front of goal over the past few seasons.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to get United’s strikers to be more ruthless.

 

We have scored six goals in our last two matches at Old Trafford and that’s an encouraging sign. The positive approach is working.

Rashford does need to score more. One goal from seven shots isn’t ideal, he needs to be more clinical.

This season he has scored six league goals from 12 games, a solid return, and in all competitions he is up to nine goals.

There is a strong chance he surpasses the 20 goal mark for the first time, which he was challenged to do.

His positive mindset is summed up by the way he keeps going, and his message to Saha emphasises his desire. It’s good to see he cares.

Before the last international break he looked to in a dark place, but Anthony Martial’s return has sparked him back into life.

He is getting into some great positions and is playing with confidence again. He could have had a hat-trick against Brighton, and if he raises his game to another level, that breakthrough might not be far off.

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