Man United boss heaps praise on academy starlet following Arsenal brace

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was full of praise for academy starlet Marcus Rashford after his brace helped the side overcome rivals Arsenal 3-2.

The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut yesterday after only starting his first ever game for the club during the win over Midtjylland in midweek, where he also scored two.

Rashford netted his first in the 28th minute before adding another three minutes later, with Ander Herrera making it three during the second half.

Van Gaal was full of awe for the young striker after the Dutchman was forced to use a number of academy stars given the host of injury problems in the squad.

“It’s unbelievable when you are 18 years old and you come in,” he told Sky Sports.

“I can understand it like last Thursday against Midtjylland because you are coming in and you do your thing without any pressure.

“You get a chance and you have to perform, you have to do the things that we are asking. I have always said it is not a matter of age, it is a matter of quality and he shows it.”

Former United forward Danny Welbeck netted for his side, with midfielder Mesut Ozil scoring as well, but it was not enough to ensure any points for the Gunners.

The victory sees them remain in fifth place, three points behind Manchester City in fourth, but their rivals still have a game in hand.