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Marcus Rashford must not grow a 'big head,' says Federico Macheda

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Plenty of people in the footballing world have had advice for Marcus Rashford since his incredible rise to fame.

The 18-year-old scored twice on his debut against Midtjylland before following that up with another brace four days later against Arsenal.

With so much advice coming from all corners of the football world, it must be difficult for Rashford to know which people to listen to.

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But one person he should definitely heed advice from is Federico Macheda.

Macheda, whilst as a 17-year-old, was thrust onto the footballing scene in very similar circumstances, scored two crucial goals in his first two appearances as United won the title in 2009.

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The striker, who is now at Cardiff, told Rashford what he needs to do to succeed at Old Trafford and preventing becoming a flop like him.

"Marcus needs to continue working hard, don't grow a big head, don't read or listen to all the hype and be lucky with injuries,” he told The Sun.

"The kid has got a great chance to play more than I had, so he must stay as calm and hungry as he is now.

"United will look after him - so everything is stacked in his favour.”

Macheda helped the Red Devils lift the Premier League trophy when he struck a superb last minute winner against Aston Villa to give them a 3-2 victory.

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He then scored in the next Premier League match, bagging the winner against Sunderland as United edged out Liverpool in the race for Premier League glory.

But Macheda went on to score just three more goals in his next 34 games before being shipped out on loan to numerous clubs before signing for Cardiff.

Following Rashford’s first two appearances, there was a lot of hype and it would have been difficult for him not to let it get to his head.

His manager Louis van Gaal described his four goals in two matches as “unbelievable” while England boss Roy Hodgson refused to rule Rashford out of a Euro 2016 place.

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"If he can keep that up, it is great for Manchester United and England," he told reporters.

"I would neither rule him in or rule him out. I just hope he can do well."

However, Rashford has brought back down to Earth following his incredible opening two matches, having very quiet performances against both Watford and West Brom.

And the youngster only needs to look at Macheda’s example to know that he’s still got a lot of work to do to make a career for himself at Old Trafford.

But he’s still got a big part of play in the reminder of United’s season as they attempt to salvage something for their disappointing campaign.

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Their 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday saw them remain in sixth, three points adrift of Manchester City in fourth having played a game more.

But they host West Ham in the FA Cup quarter final next weekend at clash with Liverpool in the Europa League, with the first-leg at Anfield on Thursday as they seek to add a trophy to campaign.

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