Published: 19:46 | 11/1/20

'Fantastic' Rashford notches double on landmark occasion

Marcus Rashford fired a double in his 200th club appearance as Manchester United equaled their biggest home winning margin in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson's reign.

In truth the Old Trafford side never got out of third gear in their 4-0 win as they despatched bottom-of-the-table Norwich with consummate ease.

And not for the first time in recent weeks it was 22-year-old Rashford who led the way with his 18th and 19th goals of the season - the most since his debut campaign in 2015.

He notched the opening two goals either side of the break before Anthony Martial and substitute Mason Greenwood completed the rout.

Only George Best and Ryan Giggs have reached 200 appearances for the club at a younger age than Rashford and he could join those legendary names in the pantheon of United greats sooner rather than later.

"Fantastic effort by Marcus getting to 200 games so quickly," said boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "To get to that stage, at the age he is now is fantastic. He is a leader of the group.

"He keeps producing, scoring goals, and the way he was so calm with his penalty.

"He got through most of the game, he is struggling a little bit so we took him off. Very pleased with Marcus."

After a forgettable opening half-hour, United sprung into life and took the lead with their first shot on target.

Juan Mata has been a peripheral figure for United this term but his delightful curling cross picked out Rashford at the back post and the England striker stuck out a guiding foot to steers a volley into the net from close range.

The Canaries briefly rallied and almost leveled when Emiliano Buendia picked out Todd Cantrell in space but David de Gea tipped his goalbound effort around the post.

United effectively killed the contest soon after the break with a quick-fire double.

They extended their advantage thanks to a rush of blood from Norwich keeper Tim Krul who brought down Brandon Williams inside the box and Rashford coolly slotted home the spot kick. Moments later Martial rose to nod home another Mata cross.

Rashford was given a rest with half an hour still to go but another Academy graduate Greenwood ensured there was no respite for the bottom club rifling home from the edge of the box.

"I am very, very happy with everything," added Solskjaer. "Attitude, work-rate. When the opposition manager can sit back and think 'Wow,that Man Utd side do work'. We were still tackling,working and pressing at 3-0 and 4-0. That's what I want from my team. I want that attitude every game."

United climb above Sheffield United into fifth place in the table - four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

"We just keep carrying on," added the Norwegian. "Keep calm, keep improving and looking at the next game"

Norwich remain bottom on - seven points adrift of safety and without a league win in 10 games.

By Russell Stoddart

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