Louis van Gaal has asked the media to leave Marcus Rashford alone in order to allow the teenager to flourish at Manchester United.
The 18-year-old has gone from unknown quantity to household name in less than a week following his goalscoring exploits against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal.
The Manchester-born forward scored twice on his United debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League last Thursday and followed that up with a three-minute brace against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.
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Rashford is now the name on everyone’s lips and the face on every newspaper back page, but Van Gaal wants reporters to keep their distance.
The veteran Dutch coach, who called Rashford a ‘special talent’ after his heroics against Arsenal, has also urged the teenager to keep his feet on the ground amid the intense media interest.
Van Gaal tells the media to leave Rashford alone
"First I think that the media have to leave him in peace,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by ESPN on Tuesday. "When you are in front of his house and that kind of stuff, I don't think that is beneficial for a boy of 18 years.
"Give him the time to be 18 years old, and we shall guide him also in that way. He is a very modest guy, so I don't think that will be a problem.
"Of course, when you have so much attention from the media, it can go in another way. But I believe he will keep his feet on the ground."
Rashford set to net huge pay rise
Rashford currently earns a modest £500-a-week - a whopping 600 times less than Wayne Rooney - but, according to The Sun, is set to seal a 3,000 per cent pay increase following his recent exploits.
That would take his wages up to £15,000-a-week - which would still leave him as one of the lowest-earning first-team players at Old Trafford.
Rashford, however, still has everything to prove.
United fans will remember Federico Macheda
United fans will remember that Federico Macheda, aged just 17 at the time, made a similar impact with the Red Devils’ first team back in 2009.
The Italian scored in consecutive Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Sunderland but failed to scale the same lofty heights again after that.
Macheda would spend the next five years making the odd appearance for United in cup competitions, in between loan spells at clubs in England and Italy, before eventually leaving Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old now plies his trade with Cardiff City in the Championship and has failed to score a league goal in six appearances this term.
Whether Rashford is the real deal will become apparent in time - but Van Gaal wants to give the youngster the best possible chance of succeeding by keeping the media at a safe distance.
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