Marcus Rashford has been reflecting on his debut goal for Manchester United against FC Midtjylland back in February, labelling it as his most important goal in a red shirt.
The 18-year-old was thrown into the starting XI to face the Danish side at the last minute after Anthony Martial pulled up in the warm-up.
With the aggregate score at 3-2 to the visitors, Rashford latched on Juan Mata‘s pass across the box to level the scores after 63 minutes. The teenager scored again briefly after, and has gone on to net 12 goals in 25 appearances for Man United.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Rashford declared that strike as the most important of his career.
“It was a different moment for me and I don’t think I’ve scored one so late in the game before,” he said.
“It was an amazing feeling to be with the travelling fans as well, a brilliant feeling. It was instinct to go into the crowd in moments like that. You don’t think about it, you just do it!
“I feel like that was the most important goal for me, to get the winner in the last minute away from home. I like the feeling that it gave me and I want more.
“But on an emotional side the debut goal against Midtjylland is still at the top of the list for me.
“It was last season. I have to try and recreate those moments this year and to get the goal early in the season was quite important for me to get back on a roll. I am just looking to build momentum now.”
Amidst a 2015/16 campaign swarming with gloom and chagrin, this was a moment to savour: the unknown teenager, born and raised in Manchester, scoring twice in front of the Stretford End on a European night. The stuff of dreams.
However, basking in the glow of the true footballing romance unfolding in front of me, a part of me felt concerned, almost sceptical. Was this to be just another Federico Macheda moment? Would Rashford begin to slowly descend into anonymity after his 15 minutes of fame?
Thankfully, the opposite has occurred: that goal against Midtjylland, overwhelmingly significant at the time, now seems like a distant – almost forgotten – memory, as if buried under months of rip-roaring brilliance. The goal was simply a sign, a warning of things to come, and now United fans can hopefully look forward to more breathtaking moments from the Englishman.