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Marcus Rashford fired Man United into the lead against West Ham United with an emphatic header.



Marcus Rashford celebrates heading Manchester United in front against West Ham United. (Image: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images.)

Marcus Rashford fired Man United into the lead against West Ham United with an emphatic header.

Marcus Rashford netted the 100th goal of his Manchester United career at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, heading them in front against West Ham United just a few minutes before the half-time interval.

The academy graduate, who was recalled to the starting line-up after stepping off the bench to score in the 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday night, powered a fantastic header past Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, connecting with Christian Eriksen’s excellent delivery.

The Dane, providing from the right, sent over a wonderful, inviting cross and Rashford rose highest to bury a powerful header beyond Fabianski to net his seventh goal of the campaign. He had earlier gone close to scoring, again with a header, connecting with a brilliant centre from Diogo Dalot

For United, the goal came at the ideal time. It was becoming a scrappy contest before then and United were struggling to get into any sort of attacking rhythm.

But with the quality of Eriksen available to them, United always know that they have the ability to carve something up out of nothing. Bruno Fernandes nodded the ball down into Eriksen’s path, he collected the bouncing ball and sent over a beautiful delivery, although Rashford still had plenty to do to claim his centenary goal in United colours.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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