Marcus Rashford sets sights on breaking Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record and reveals the Manchester United legend has backed him to chase down his mark: ‘I feel like I can score 35 or 40 goals this season’
- Marcus Rashford scored 123 goals since coming through Man United academy
- The Man United forward is chasing down Rooney’s record total of 253 goals
- Rashford revealed Rooney has offered his encouragement to hunt his landmark
Marcus Rashford has revealed he has set his sights on breaking Wayne Rooney’s all-time Manchester United goal record, after committing his future to the club.
Rashford has scored 123 goals in 359 games since coming through the Man United academy to establish himself as one of the stars of the team.
Having put pen to paper on a new five-year deal worth £300,000-a-week, Rooney’s record of 253 goals appears within reach.
Rashford, talking to the Overlap in partnership with Sky Bet, revealed to Gary Neville that Rooney has encouraged him to chase down his club record total.
‘Hopefully I will [break Wayne Rooney’s all-time United goal record],’ Rashford said.
Marcus Rashford has revealed he is hoping to chase down Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record
The Man United star told Gary Neville that Rooney has encouraged him to chase his record
Rooney scored 253 goals for Man United during his career, with Rashford currently on 123
‘You never know what’s going to happen, but I’m all about scoring goals and trying to make assists. There’s a chance that it can happen.
‘I’ve spoken to Wazza about it – he wants me to do it.
‘He said it would be good for me to do it as I’ve grown up at the club.
‘Hopefully I get the opportunity to try and make it happen.’
Rashford signed his new contract off the back of his best goalscoring season for the club, scoring 30 goals in 56 appearances in the 2022-23 campaign.
The 25-year-old became the first United player since Robin van Persie a decade ago to score 30 goals for the club.
Man United boss Erik ten Hag set Rashford the challenge of scoring 40 goals in the upcoming season back in May.
Rashford believes he is capable of achieving the feat should he remain injury free during the season.
Rashford put pen to paper on a new five-year deal to stay at Manchester United last month
Man United boss Erik ten Hag challenged Rashford to score 40 goals in the upcoming season
‘Before last season, I always aimed for 20 goals – a good benchmark for a winger,’ Rashford said. ‘But this season, I’ve hit 30 – we have to try and push it now.
‘Towards the end of the season, I was struggling with a few injuries, and I wasn’t quite at it – that’s when the goals started to dry up for a bit.
‘If I can keep that side of it under taps, I feel like I can go on and get 35 or 40.’
The Man United star has credited Ten Hag’s winning mentality since his arrival at the club last season to help transform the team’s fortunes.
Rashford admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to lift the Premier League trophy with his boyhood club.
The Red Devils returned to the Champions League by finishing third last season, but finished 14 points behind eventual Premier League champions Man City.
Rashford believes Ten Hag can help the club take the next step to overhaul rivals Man City.
‘When you think about it deeply, there’s nothing better than winning at Manchester United. At the age I’m at, I’ve still got a big opportunity to try and do that,’ Rashford said.
Rashford scored 30 goals for the Red Devils last season but has been challenged to hit 40
‘The timing is closer than we think, but we still need to take those extra steps and at the minute we’ve got a manager that’s fully dedicated to winning at all costs and he wants us to be as best as we can individually and as best as we can be as a team.
‘At the end of the day, he wants us to win trophies – there’s been some games where he’s come in fuming at half-time because we’re not playing well.
‘He tells us to listen and relax – he knows we’re not playing well, but we’re still in the game but we’re going to fight to win it. It doesn’t matter if we win 1-0 or 3-0, but if we get that one goal, just be ready for that one chance – it’s a refocus.
‘It’s important that I keep that in mind to the point where he doesn’t have to keep reminding me – it just happens naturally.’
Marcus Rashford was speaking on The Overlap, in partnership with Sky Bet