Wonderkid Rashford Makes His Mark
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on February 26, 2016
On a night where Manchester United knew anything less than a win would cast extreme doubt over their hopes of securing a Champions League place, they came up with the goods and produced a fine performance. They won 5-1 (6-3 aggregate) on the night and have booked a place in the last-16 of the Europa League. (6-3 aggregate).
Rashford,18, who was only was called up to the squad last week to replace the injured Will Keane, played instead of Martial after he picked up a hamstring injury in the warm-up for the game against FC Midtjylland. Rashford marked an outstanding debut with a brace in the second-half. He scored twice to put his team back in the lead after an own goal that had got United back level and, even though there were further goals from Ander Herrera, it was Rashford’s night to remember
Louis van Gaal had plenty of praise for the teenager after the game. “He was unbelievable,” . “I said to him at half-time to be in the width of the goal and you shall score. Then he scored two goals – it is fantastic for him.”
Rashford was relatively unknown before tonight’s match, unless you have been keeping a close eye on the academy football recently. There was an interest in Rashford from Man City last year but he remained at United and continued to make progress. Rashford is still only 18-years-old and joins the list of teenagers to score for United, which includes Adnan Januzaj and of course, Anthony Martial.
Rashford’s first goal came through some good movement inside the box to meet Juan Mata’s cross, while his striker’s instinct in his second shone through as he netted Guillermo Varela’s cross from five yards.
At 18 years and 117 days, the explosive striker has become Man United’s youngest goalscorer in all European competitions since George Best in October 1964. The youngster who’s renowned for his explosive pace is sure to be quality player. Rashford is in contention to start on Sunday against Arsenal with Martial likely to be sidelined through injury.