Marcus Rashford's Penalty Was The First He Has Ever Taken For Manchester United

Let me just start this piece off with a fantastic quote from Rio Ferdinand, who encapsulated what this young lad from Wythenshawe did last night.

"I love Rashford man, I love Rashford. 'Give me the ball, I'm taking it'." he said on BT Sport.

"What I loved about this was that when this penalty was given there was no other person on that pitch who was getting that ball.

"He went there and said 'this is me, this is my stage. I want this responsibility' and that is the difference between good players and top players. This kid is a top player."

Marcus Rashford stepped up when Manchester United needed him most.

In what could have a moment where pressure got the better of him, the fearless 21-year-old was cool, calm and collected.

He smashed into the back of the net after what felt like an age of waiting, sending his side through to the Champions League quarter-finals after what was labelled 'an impossible task' against the French giants.

To put things into further perspective, Rashford's penalty against PSG was the first he has ever taken for Manchester United in a competitive match. What a time to do it.

Let that sink in. He has played a total of 159 games for his club, but has never taken a spot-kick until Wednesday night. Now that takes balls.

Rashford took to Twitter after the game, dedicating a post to another guy who is known for last minute goals - his boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"Love a last minute goal ey boss." he wrote.

Solskjaer himself praised the England international for his bravery:

"Rashford, he's 21! No nerves whatsoever." he told BT Sport. "This club, this is what we do. That's just Man Utd."

Oh what a night.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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