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Video emerges of Marcus Rashford scoring four in 2014 Milk Cup

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The world of football may have been left shocked by the sudden emergence of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, but those ingrained in the club's youth system would have seen it coming.

Two goals against FC Midtjylland were followed by a further two against Arsenal in the Premier League, leaving the Old Trafford faithful convinced that the next great academy star has been found.

But while the Gunners defence failed to take the pacey 18-year-old seriously, coaches in the Red Devils youth academy would have known exactly what to expect from him. They have seen him embarrass defenders on plenty of occasions in his upbringing.

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Most notably, the young striker put his talent on display in the famous Milk Cup, held in Northern Ireland, where he scored four goals in a single game in 2014. Now, that footage has re-emerged online and is here for all Manchester United fans to see.

You can watch the official video from the BBC by clicking here.

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The video shows him scoring a wide range of goals from a jammy free-kick that was surely intended as a cross, to a stunning solo effort in the second half. It was a performance that showed the wide range of ability that Rashford already possessed at such a young age.

It would have no doubt caught Louis van Gaal's eye and supercharged the then 16-year-old's rise to the first-team.

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg

Keeping grounded

His performances in the Europa League and the Premier League were, of course, more impressive because they came against experienced, international opponents and he has certainly set expectation sky high as a result.

However, Juan Mata has urged his young team-mate to keep his feet on the ground.

"He needs to keep calm," Mata said, according to Goal. "Everyone is going to call him, text him, speak about him and write about him. But he needs to keep calm because I think he has a bright future coming up ahead of him – he needs to keep playing his football."


The Spaniard also compared Rashford to another young Manchester United star.

"He looks similar to Anthony Martial in a way," Mata continued.

"They're both quick and go against the defenders, they both have goals in their pocket. It's not about comparing, it's about taking profit of them.

"As I was playing behind him, I just told him I would try to play passes in behind the defence; he's very quick so we just tried to connect between each other."

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