Manchester United New Player, Rashford, Starting his first Premier League match, in one of the division’s showcase fixtures, Rashford scored twice with two clinical finishes in less than three first-half minutes. Arsenal, who had been on top to that point, were left stunned. But before the break a man who once trod the same path from Manchester-raised youth product to first-team starter, Danny Welbeck, got his second goal on his second return to Old Trafford with Arsenal.
Rashford, though, would soon return to the fore. While he didn’t score the third, he more than played his part, holding the ball up like a seasoned forward before laying off for Ander Herrera to curl a shot that deflected off Laurent Koscielny and past Petr Cech. It was deserved, too. United were playing with the verve and purpose their fans had cried for with increasing desperation all season. And Rashford’s youthful enthusiasm at the head of the team was fundamental to the transformation.
Still, a makeshift defense of players either out of position, just returning from injury or hugely inexperienced, meant Manchester United again couldn’t keep the backdoor shut. Mesut Ozil quelled the delight around Old Trafford with a volley to quickly reduce Arsenal’s arrears once more. There was, though, to be no way back.
The 18-year-old continued his remarkable start to his career with two goals to fire Louis van Gaal’s side to victory at Old Trafford
Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford scored two goals on his Premier League debut to help fire Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
The 18-year-old was thrust into the starting XI for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second-leg clash with Midtjylland when Anthony Martial pulled up injured in the warm-up.
Two goals in that 5-1 win helped United into the next round and Rashford showed no signs of slowing down against the title-chasing Gunners.
He scored twice in the space of three first-half minutes – netting his first Premier League brace at exactly the same age as club captain Wayne Rooney when he registered his (18 years, 120 days).
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