Man United wunderkind Marcus Rashford blows away Arsenal in EPL debut
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.
Messi needed 544 minutes to score against Cech. Rashford, two in 32. 😎
— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) February 28, 2016
Where on earth has Marcus Rashford been hiding?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 28, 2016
18y 120d – Marcus Rashford is exactly the same age that Wayne Rooney was (18y 120d) when he scored his first Premier League brace. Quirk.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 28, 2016
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.
Well done lads, big win! Congratulations again to Marcus Rashford on another great performance ⚽️⚽️
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 28, 2016