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Man United wunderkind Marcus Rashford blows away Arsenal in EPL debut

Man Utd striker joins exclusive company with two goals and an assist in victory over Arsenal Messi needed 544 minutes to score against Cech. Rashford, two in 32.

Marcus Rashford's extraordinary start to life in the Manchester United senior team continued on Sunday afternoon with two goals at Old Trafford to help the Red Devils claim a 3-2 victory over Arsenal - his debut Barclays Premier League goals putting him in exclusive company.

At the age of 18 years and 120 days, Rashford is the third youngest player to score in the BPL for Man Utd (after Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck) but he is the youngest to score more than once in a BPL match for the club. He is the fourth youngest player to make their first BPL start for Manchester United.

He is exactly the same age as Wayne Rooney was on the day that they both scored their first brace in the BPL, Rooney’s coming in Everton’s 3-3 draw at Southampton in February 2004.

Rashford, who also scored two goals on his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, also assisted Ander Herrera's 64th-minute strike, meaning he is now one of only six players to have had a hand in three goals on their BPL debut.

The other players are Alen Boksic (Middlesbrough), Fabrizio Ravanelli (Middlesbrough), Mladen Petric (Fulham), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) and Michu (Swansea City).

Man Utd's victory, the first time they have won back-to-back league home matches since September, continues their recent dominance over Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Gunners have won none and lost seven of their last nine league trips to United.

Mesut Ozil set up Danny Welbeck's opener for Arsenal on Sunday, his 18th BPL assist so far this campaign. He is now only two behind Thierry Henry’s record for assists in a single BPL season. Ozil also scored Arsenal's second goal which is the second time he has scored and assisted in the same BPL away fixture.

Arsenal are struggling to pick up points on the road at present, winning two of their last eight BPL away matches (W2 D3 L3) - this following a run of 12 away matches where they won 10.

The 18-year-old is suddenly the toast of Old Trafford.

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.

Rashford's first goal Sunday reminded of his two strikes against Midtjylland, a product of excellent movement and tidy finishing, while his second showed off some rare aerial prowess for a 5'8" tweener.

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.

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.

Man Utd Wonderkid Marcus Rashford blows away Arsenal 3-2 in EPL debut Reviewed by admin Ucop on 8:46 AM Rating: 5

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