By Andy Hyslop
- Rashford has 4 goals in 2 games for the first-team
18 year-old striker Marcus Rashford must think he has been dreaming for the last week, four goals in two games for Manchester United’s first-team in two of the biggest games of their season.
Rashford was all set to be sat on the substitutes bench on Thursday night against FC Midtjylland until Anthony Martial pulled out with a tight hamstring.
He impressed in that with two second-half strikes as United won 5-1, but many people were saying its only Midtjylland but he followed that up win two goal against Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday.
Here are five things you need to know about Marcus Rashford.
Manchester born and bred
Rashford was born in Wythenshawe, only six miles from Old Trafford and is a Manchester United fan. Every United fan in world dreams of scoring a goal at the Stretford End of the ground.
Rashford has already experienced that feeling twice in his short first-team career to date. Rashford has been part of United’s academy system since the age of seven.
Turned down overtures from City and Liverpool
Every Manchester United fan loves to hear about a player turning down moves to teams such as Manchester City and Liverpool.
Rashford did just that. As well as training with United’s academy, Rashford was training with City as well but was convinced to join United because of the individual skills development programme instigated by Rene Meulensteen.
There was also interest in Rashford from Everton and Liverpool but there was only one club for him.
Nicky Butt has backed him for Greatness
New academy director Nicky Butt has already spoke about the talent that Rashford has. Butt has managed Rashford for the under-19s in the European Youth League.
Rashford scored three goals in five games in this years tournament earlier in season and Rashford was one of several United youngsters that Butt has tipped for a great future.
Already breaking records
Rashford’s two goals against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday night not only helped United qualify for the next round.
They also made the striker United’s youngest goalscorer in European competition.
Taking a familiar path
Before joining United’s academy, Rashford played for south Manchester boys club Fletcher Moss Rangers. Rashford isn’t the first player to take that path and won’t the last with many former Fletcher Moss players currently at United.
Rashford is following the footsteps of Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and his current team-mates Jesse Lingard.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is another Fletcher Moss graduate along with academy teenagers Devonte Redmond and RoShaun Williams.
Fletcher Moss chairman and secretary Ron Jamieson estimates that there currently 29 former Fletcher Moss players within the United system.