Marcus Rashford makes a 25-yard screamer look as simple as a tap-in

The year of Marcus Rashford continued Thursday as the Manchester United forward scored the lone goal against Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarín, giving the Red Devils a 5-1 aggregate victory and easy passage to the Europa League quarterfinals.

Before the World Cup, Rashford had a total of eight goals in 19 appearances across all competitions. Since the tournament in Qatar, the 25-year-old has found the back of the net 18 times in 24 games. The total of 26 from 43 is already a career best and the Red Devils are still competing on three fronts.

The numbers tell a story, but the goals themselves really paint the picture. On Thursday night, Rashford produced a 25-yard screamer like it was a simple two-yard tap-in.   

Goalkeeper Rui Silva was beaten as soon as the Englishman dialed up this attempt.  

Marcus Rashford goal vs Real Betis

No competition has been safe from Rashford since the World Cup. The breakdown: 

  • 12 Premier League games, 10 goals
  • 4 Europa League games, 3 goals
  • 3 FA Cup games, 1 goal
  • 5 EFL Cup games, 4 goals (and the trophy) 

Manchester United learn their quarterfinal opponent at Friday's draw. Juventus, Feyenoord and Sevilla are the other confirmed quarterfinalists ahead of Thursday's late games.

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