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Alan Shearer tells Manchester United's Marcus Rashford to 'knuckle down'

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Marcus Rashford had a week to remember after bursting onto the scene at Manchester United. Two goals against FC Midtjylland were followed by a further two against Arsenal.

Both games represented debuts in the respective competitions and each of his opening goals came with his first shot, making the feat all the more impressive.

Needless to say, the 18-year-old is now the name on everyone's lips as both Manchester United and England fans hope to see him continue his rise to stardom.

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However, Alan Shearer, himself a record-breaking goal scorer in the Premier League, had some rather quirky advice for Rashford when speaking on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night.

Speaking to host Mark Chapman, the Newcastle United legend jokingly said: "With a record like that [he should] retire. Quit while you're ahead."

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In all seriousness, however, Shearer believes it is crucial for Rashford to keep his feet on the ground. While he has experienced a terrific start, now is the perfect time for him to start working harder than ever before to establish himself in Louis van Gaal's first-team.

Knuckle down

Shearer added: "[It's important for him to] knuckle down, learn the game. The rewards will, without doubt, follow both on the pitch and off the pitch.

"We've seen many a time kids come in and score on their debut and they're the next big bright hope. He's got ability, obviously.

"Have belief in yourself, have confidence. He's had a fantastic start to his football career. Now, as I said, he's got to knuckle down, learn the game. He's at the right football club to learn that.

"The hard work starts now for him because people will have a look at him. Scouts will watch him, they'll know what he's good at and what his weaknesses are."

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The stats

While Shearer is undoubtedly correct, it does not mean that we can't enjoy some class statistics gathered from Rashford's incredible performances.

Firstly, his first goal came with his first shot in senior competitive football when he scored against Midtjylland. He then did the same in the Premier League against the Gunners and then scored with his second, too.

That made him the youngest player to score a brace on his Premier League debut, beating his fellow Manchester United graduate James Wilson by just over a month.

And surely the freakiest, he was exactly the same age as Wayne Rooney when the Manchester United captain scored his first Premier League double.

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