Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year Man Utd record against Granada

Marcus Rashford equalled one of Bobby Charlton's 56-year-long Manchester United records by getting on the scoresheet in their 2-0 win away at Granada on Thursday night.

The England star fired United 1-0 ahead in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against the Spanish club, before a late Bruno Fernandes penalty wrapped up a comfortable victory.

Rashford now has eight goals to is name in Europe this season, having raced up 11 Europa League appearances so far in the campaign.

He is the first English player to reach that tally in Europe since Red Devils legend Charlton all the way back in the 1964/65 season.

Charlton's eight-goal return came in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup for United, but the omens are not good for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

Just as they appear set to do this season in the Europa League, Matt Busby's men progressed to the semi-finals of that competition before being eliminated by Hungarian club Ferencvaros.

Solskjaer has endured a curse in semi-finals since taking the United reins, crashing out that stage of all three cup competitions last season.

His side have also been dumped out by Manchester City in the last four of the Carabao Cup this term, while an FA Cup semi against Southampton is also to come next week.

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  • United did manage to end one curse by topping Granada on Thursday, nevertheless.

    Heading into the match, they had failed to win the first leg of each of their last three two-legged quarter-final ties in Europe.

    Solskjaer told BT Sport after the win: "It was not a perfect night. We got three yellow cards and three suspensions.

    "2-0 is very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain. We've got to play well to get a result."

    He then added: "We want to win every game. It’s still a young team, a learning team. We have to improve all the time. Football catches you so quickly if you rest. We can’t have any other approach."

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