Marcus Rashford scored his fifth goal in as many games after creating two others to help Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup. Rashford set up Antony’s early opener on Friday and saw a second-half cross turned into his own net by Conor Coady, scorer of Everton’s equaliser.
Then, in stoppage time, Rashford kept his scoring run going by sending Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the penalty spot after Ben Godfrey fouled Alejandro Garnacho.
United were hardly ruthless, grateful to see a potential Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalizer ruled out for a tight offside call. But United did enough to make it seven straight wins in all competitions for the first time since 2019 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in caretaker charge.
Marcus Rashford is the first Manchester United player to score in seven consecutive home appearances in all competitions since Wayne Rooney between February and April 2012.
Gotta love seeing this lad back at the top of his game! pic.twitter.com/N2ujPa2K6F— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) January 7, 2023
For Everton, there was consolation in a better performance after losing to Brighton 4-1 midweek left them 18th in the Premier League, with the pressure firmly on manager Frank Lampard.
Erik Ten Haag named a strong side for his first taste of the FA Cup, but notably selected Luke Shaw at center back while Lisandro Martinez without a start since Argentina’s World Cup group game against Mexico on Nov. 26 joined Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof on the bench.
After the horror show of Tuesday night, Lampard reverted to the 3-5-2 system used to frustrate Manchester City last weekend. The 9,000 traveling Everton fans arrived in Manchester still fuming over the latest capitulation, the first chant of “Sack the board” coming 15 minutes before kickoff.