During Manchester United’s morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Everton, fans expressed concerns about Marcus Rashford following what they deemed a “weird” moment after his goal. Rashford scored his second goal of the season in the match, contributing to United’s rise to sixth place in the Premier League.
The game started with Alejandro Garnacho scoring a spectacular bicycle kick for United in the fourth minute. Despite Everton’s efforts to equalize, United extended their lead when Anthony Martial was fouled in the area by former United defender Ashley Young. Initially waved away, United’s penalty appeals were reconsidered after a VAR review, leading to Rashford converting the penalty for his second Premier League goal of the campaign. Martial added a third goal late in the half.
While the victory was positive for Erik ten Hag’s side, some fans expressed concerns about Rashford’s celebration. After scoring past Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Rashford initially had a relatively muted celebration, subtly pumping his fists before hugging Martial. Teammates noticed and forcefully pushed Rashford toward the traveling United supporters. Initially reluctant, Rashford eventually ran towards the fans, breaking into a smile and jumping in celebration.
The moment sparked discussions on social media, with fans questioning Rashford’s subdued celebration. One fan remarked, “Scores a pen and doesn’t even enjoy it. Has to be pushed into a half-hearted celebration,” while another described it as a “weird celebration.” Despite the scrutiny, supporters hope Rashford’s goal signifies a positive turn in form, reminiscent of his impressive performances last season when he scored 30 goals in all competitions.
Bruno Fernandes, who allowed Rashford to take the penalty, praised his teammate and expressed confidence in Rashford’s abilities. Fernandes stated, “When you’re a striker, you want to score, need to score. That’s part of their game, but after the penalty, you can see he was unstoppable. Sometimes you need the chance to score to get that confidence back. But he has been great for us. Last season he was amazing, so expectations were higher this season. He is still world class.”