Marcus Rashford announces heartbreaking news following his goal at Everton
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Marcus Rashford has announced the heartbreaking loss of a family member following Manchester United's win over Everton.
Rashford was handed the chance to double the lead from the spot following Ashley Young's challenge on Anthony Martial.
Captain and usual taker Bruno Fernandes let Rashford assume spot-kick duties.
The England international smashed in an emphatic penalty and in his celebration, was seen looking up at the sky.
Rashford has since taken to Instagram, dedicating the goal to his late cousin.
Accompanied by two images of him from the game, he wrote: "I would like to dedicate the goal yesterday to my cousin who recently passed away. GBNF (Gone but never forgotten)."
The goal was just the second Rashford has scored this season, with his last strike coming in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal back in early September.
And with his confidence short, Fernandes made the gesture to allow him to take it in order to give him a boost.
"I felt Marcus needed a bit of confidence, and as Marcus is an excellent penalty taker too, I'm 100 percent sure that he could score that penalty," Fernandes said on Sky Sports.
"It's not about who takes it, it's about scoring the penalty, and Marcus did it perfectly. Obviously strikers and wingers, they want to score goals, they need to score goals. That's part of their game, and it gives you more of a boost.
"I think after the penalty, Marcus was unstoppable. He could take on everyone. "So I think sometimes you need this chance, this opportunity to get your confidence back, but Marcus has been great for us."
United have a huge Champions League clash against Galatasaray on Wednesday but Rashford is suspended following his red card in the 4-3 defeat to Copenhagen.