Rashford’s reaction to overtaking Eric Cantona on Man Utd goalscoring list

Marcus Rashford hailed a "special moment" after he passed Eric Cantona in Manchester United's all-time scoring records.

Rashford scored his 83rd goal in the 9-0 drubbing of Southampton on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old is now 14th on the list of United's top scorers – with David Beckham's total of 85 next in sights.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his player for moving ahead of his "fantastic" former team-mate Cantona.

And Rashford himself took to Twitter after the game to express his delight.

"83 special moment for me as a boyhood United fan, passing King Eric’s record," the forward tweeted. "Loved it out there tonight, great team performance."

Rashford is still a long way behind Wayne Rooney's club-record tally of 253 goals – but vowed to plunder plenty more after passing Cantona in the history books.

“He’s obviously a top player that did a lot for this club," Rashford told BT Sport after his side's record-equalling win.

“I’m pleased to go past him today and for me I just want to go out and score more goals and keep helping the team.”

Rashford has earned plaudits off the field recently for his campaigning against child food poverty.

And Solskjaer said the fact the forward had bettered Cantona's record showed he has not taken his eye off the ball with his performances on the pitch.

“Eric was a fantastic player to play with and Marcus has a great career ahead of him," said the United manager.

"What he’s done this season shows that he can focus on his football as well.”

Tuesday's win moved United level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City, after they dropped points in games against Arsenal and Sheffield United in the past week.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Dan James all joined Rashford on the scoresheet as United ran riot against a Southampton side who had two players sent off.

It was the joint-biggest win in Premier League history, with the Red Devils having beaten Ipswich by the same scoreline in 1995.

And Rashford said: "It’s always good to score lots of goals and we’re just happy.

“It’s three points that we’ve needed. We’ve dropped some points in the last few days so we needed to get back to winning ways and today was a brilliant opportunity to do that.”

Asked what was the secret behind United's exciting attacking play, the striker said: "Just be as simple as possible, keep moving and stay positive.

“It’s easy to take your foot off the gas and just keep possession but we wanted to go out in the second half and score more goals and the lads did that.”

Rashford was also asked about the teams around United as they target a 21st top-flight crown, and replied: "We have to not look at them and just focus on ourselves.

“We’re a team that’s still improving, we’re not a team that’s been a ready-made team for the last two or three years.

“I think we’re just getting there now and we’re still learning a lot as a group so we have to concentrate on ourselves and keep working on improving ourselves.”

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