Rashford hails 'King Eric' Cantona after passing his United goal haul

‘I’m pleased to go past him’: Boyhood Manchester United fan Marcus Rashford hails ‘King Eric’ Cantona and revels in ‘special moment’ after passing legendary striker’s 82-goal haul for the club

  • Marcus Rashford scored his 83rd goal for Man United as they beat Southampton
  • The goal in the 9-0 win took the forward beyond Eric Cantona’s total for the club
  • Rashford expressed his thrill at surpassing iconic striker Cantona’s United record
  • The 23-year-old England hotshot is now two goals behind David Beckham’s tally

Marcus Rashford has admitted that passing Eric Cantona’s goals total for Manchester United is a ‘special moment’ as he follows in the footsteps of the legendary striker.

United marksman Rashford scored in the first half as the hosts hammered Southampton 9-0 on the Old Trafford turf where Cantona once strutted, putting him beyond the icon’s tally of 82 goals for the club.

Revealing his joy on Twitter, Rashford said: ‘Special moment for me as a boyhood United fan, passing King Eric’s record. Loved it out there tonight – great team performance.’ 

Marcus Rashford (right) scored against Southampton to pass Eric Cantona in the record books

Rashford now has 83 Man United goals – one more than Cantona struck between 1993 and 1997

Rashford is now chasing an illustrious list of hotshots from United’s hall of fame, headed by Wayne Rooney, who scored 253 times for the club, and Ryan Giggs, who netted 160 goals for them.

The England forward is about to overtake one of Cantona’s teammates, David Beckham, who has two more goals for United than him.

Discussing Cantona, Rashford told BT Sport: ‘He’s obviously a top player that did a lot for this club so I’m pleased to go past him today. 

The Manchester United striker voiced his joy after beating’s Cantona’s goals total for the club

‘For me, I just want to score more goals and keep helping the team. It’s always good to score lots of goals and we’re happy. 


Wayne Rooney 253 goals

Ryan Giggs 160

Paul Scholes 155

Ruud van Nistelrooy 150

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 126

Andy Cole 121

Cristiano Ronaldo 118

David Beckham 85

‘It’s three points we have needed. We dropped some points in the last few games and needed to get back to winning ways, which we’ve done.’

France forward Cantona signed for United from Leeds in 1993 – four years before Rashford was born.

Rashford wants to repeat Cantona’s title-winning exploits at the club and was relieved that United showed few signs of complacency against visitors who went down to 10 men after two minutes. 

He explained: ‘We just needed to be as simple as possible, keep moving, be positive.

‘It’s easy to take your foot off the gas but we didn’t want to do that.

‘We went out in the second half the same as the first.

‘The first half set the tone for us but it’s about keeping a positive attitude and scoring goals.

‘We have to not look at them and we focus on ourselves.

‘We’re a team that’s still unproven – we’re not a team that’s been a ready-made team for the last two or three years

‘I think we’re just getting there now and we’re still learning as a group.’

Rashford was born in October 1997 – five months after Cantona’s final appearance for United

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