Man United wunderkind Marcus Rashford blows away Arsenal in EPL debut

Marcus Rashford celebrates his fourth goal in his first two games at senior level.

Laurence Griffiths

What has happened to Manchester United?

Oh, right. Marcus Rashford happened.

The 18-year-old wunderkind scored two more goals on his Premier League debut Sunday to lead United to a 3-2 home win over Arsenal, elevating them up to 5th place in the table. This just three days after Rashford bagged a brace in United’s 5-1 win over Midtjylland in the Europa League.

Rashford, who’s only playing after a string of injuries left Louis van Gaal with no other choice, now has four goals from his first five shots as a Manchester United first-team player.

Let that sink in for a moment. That’s as many goals as Radamel Falcao scored for United in 26 games last season.

Wayne who? 

It’s still too early to tell if Rashford’s improbable coming out party is merely a flash in the pan or the advent of a new era at Old Trafford, but United’s vastly improved play over the last few days has been undeniable.

It’s direct, it’s positive, it’s exciting. It’s, dare we say, ‘horny’?

Indeed, ever since Louis van Gaal’s comical press conference last Wednesday, his Red Devils have scored eight goals in their last 180 minutes of football, with Rashford accounting for half of them. By contrast, United’s seven home games in December and January yielded a total of just four goals.

Not too shabby.