By Andy Hyslop
- Injuries and illness to Rooney and Martial, mean Wilson is the only recognised striker in the first-team
- Recent games have seen academy defenders Tuanzebe and Borthwick-Jackson included
- Academy striker Marcus Rashford has travelled to Watford with the first-team squad
With injuries and illness ruling Martial and Rooney out of tomorrows Premier League game against Watford. United manager Louis Van Gaal has included 18 year-old striker Marcus Rashford in his squad.
In recent games we have seen academy defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson promoted to the first-team squad.
Tuanzebe was an unused substitute for United’s visit to Crystal Palace, while Borthwick-Jackson came off the bench to replace Marcos Rojo in the final 20 minutes against West Brom.
Rashford has been included in the squad for the visit to Watford as James Wilson is the only recognised striker in the first-team that is fit for this game.
Manchester born Rashford, has impressed this season for the under-18s and under-19s and recently made his debut for the under-21s. Rashford has made 13 starts for the different age groups this season and scored 9 goals.
In his short career already, he has shown his ability to either play out wide or through the middle. Either as a No.10 or as the main striker.
Midfielder Sean Goss has been included in the squad, due to injuries to Carrick and Fellaini. It is unlikely that Goss will be called upon but it will add to the experience he already has, following his inclusion on the pre-season tour of America in the summer.