Ranking Marcus Rashford's four Manchester United injury time winning goals
Marcus Rashford now has more injury time winning goals than any Manchester United player. He also has more than any player in Premier League history.
The strike against West Ham was his fourth winner for the Red Devils in stoppage time. How many of the four can you remember? And where does this one rank? Read on to find out…
4) Manchester United 1-0 Wolves, Old Trafford, December 2020
A last ditch strike from Rashford gave United a dramatic win over Wolves at the end of December 2020.
It came from a long ball upfield from Bruno Fernandes, with Rashford picking the ball up on the right side of the penalty box. He cut inside and shot into the bottom corner to seal all three points.
The goal was spookily almost identical to one Park Ji-Sung had scored in the final minute to beat Wolves years earlier.
This was the only one of the four scored by Rashford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a man himself famous for last minute winning goals, including the greatest one in United history.
So why is this goal bottom of the list? The answer is quite simple – there were no fans in the stadium to celebrate with.
The fun of a last minute winner is capped when there are no supporters present to go wild. The three points count all the same, but it was the least fun winner of all four.
3) Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United, Vitality Stadium, November 2018
The first of two injury time winners scored by Rashford under Jose Mourinho. This one was a really scrappy goal, which helped United steal all three points from a poor performance.
Callum Wilson had given Bournemouth an early lead, before Anthony Martial equalised. Rashford came on as a replacement for the ineffectual Juan Mata, with Alexis Sanchez and Fred hauled off for Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera.
The substitutes gave United a spark, and in the second minute of stoppage time, Rashford connected with a cross from Paul Pogba. He struck from close range at his second attempt, to help United come away from the lunchtime kick-off with all three points, to the joy of away fans who had made the long journey to the south coast.
The win moved United up into seventh place, but it could not cover the cracks under Mourinho, and the manager was sacked just a month later.
2) Hull City 0-1 Manchester United, KCOM Stadium, August 2016
Rashford’s first ever stoppage time winner came close to ranking number one on our list. This 2016 goal over Hull continued a spectacular start to the season.
After two convincing wins against Bournemouth and Southampton to begin the Mourinho-era, United fans were hopeful of restoring former glories.
Hull came close to ending the early winning streak, before Rashford popped up as a substitute at the far post to connect with Wayne Rooney’s low cross.
This was a special moment which showed there was a place for Rashford in amongst Mourinho’s new-look side, and gave United hope of a title challenge early in the season.
While this was a total false dawn, it was nice while it lasted, and Rashford’s early season goal made us feel there might be something special in the air.
For Rashford, just 18 at the time, this was a glorious moment to enjoy alongside Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and new signing Paul Pogba.
Some noteworthy asides from this fixture. Mike Phelan was the Hull City manager for this game, and Harry Maguire was on the bench.
Maguire came on in the 83rd minute and was on the pitch when future teammate Rashford scored the winner.
1) Manchester United 1-0 West Ham, Old Trafford, January 2022
A last minute winner in front of fans at the Stretford End scored by an academy graduate. It doesn’t get better does it?
This goal clearly meant the world to Rashford, coming after a tough stretch individually for him, and there were shades of the Hull winner in how it was scored.
A cross from the left hand-side of the box from an ageing top class forward, this time Edinson Cavani instead of Wayne Rooney, with Rashford racing onto connect with it at the far post.
Old Trafford erupted when the goal went in, showing Rashford what he missed with his winner against Wolves the previous season.
The goal could be a crucial one as it was against top four competitors West Ham, and it came at an important time in United’s season, recording back to back wins under new interim boss Ralf Rangnick for the first time since early December.
The wild celebrations showed how much the ‘Fergie time’ goal meant to the team, and the winner came as part of a slick team move, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani all involved in the build-up.
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