What a week it’s been for Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United fans couldn’t be blamed if they saw him named in the starting XI for their Europa League clash against Midtjylland and asked “who?”
But after scoring twice that night to put the Red Devils through and another brace in his side’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal, every football fan in the country now knows exactly who Rashford is.
His four goals in two matches has seen him hit the back pages and shoot to stardom in just a few days.
Praise has come from all corners of the footballing world including his manager, Louis van Gaal. The Dutch boss called him a “special talent” while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "His movement in the box was great and he could be a very positive surprise for Manchester United on what I've seen today.”
His United teammates haven’t been slow to heap praise on the 18-year-old and Juan Mata is the latest to do so. The midfielder even compared him to another fellow striker at Old Trafford.
"He looks similar to Anthony Martial in a way," Mata said. "They're both quick and go against the defenders, they both have goals in their pocket.
"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.”
Rashford was only given his debut in the Europa League due to an injury to Wayne Rooney, while Martial was withdrawn after suffering a knock in the warm-up.
However, after scoring four times in his first two matches, Mata believes that it’s now impossible to leave Rashford on the bench.
Asked if Rashford was undroppable, Mata added: "Yeah. In the first goal he was in the right position to put the ball in the back of the net, and the second was a great header because he had to give power to the ball and it's not easy to a header against Petr Cech.”
But the Spanish international also had some advice for the youngster.
"Obviously, he needs to keep calm now," Mata cautioned.
"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, but he needs to be as calm as he is now and keep playing his football."
Rashford will be looking to keep up his incredible form when Van Gaal's side take on Watford on Wednesday.
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