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Manchester United fans furious with The Sun after Marcus Rashford revelation

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Very few people had heard of Marcus Rashford before February 25.

The 18-year-old was given his first-team debut in the Europa League against Midtjylland and marked it with two goals to help his side progress to the next round.

Three days later, he scored another two goals against Arsenal at Old Trafford and suddenly every football fan in England was speaking about him.

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He then - pretty much - became a United legend by scoring the winner in the Manchester derby at the Etihad stadium.

Despite scoring five goals in eight matches for Manchester United, very few people really know much about the hot prospect.

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Murderer in the family

And it appears that Rashford has some dark family secrets.

That’s because The Sun are reporting that the striker’s cousin is a convicted murderer.

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Nicholas Rashford was sentenced to 16 years for stabbing an old school friend in 2004.

It’s reported that Nicholas struggled to cope after his younger brother was run over and killed a few years previously.

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In a report in the Macclesfield Express, written shortly after the incident, it retold the story of the night and how Nicholas, then 18-years-old, was playing around with his new lock knife when Alex Doyle “looked at him funny."

"There was an argument between the defendant and Alex, and it was getting heated and a fight broke out,” Mr Justice Edwards was quoted as saying.

"The defendant was heard saying "I am going to chiv you" (meaning stab you) and the defendant swung the knife towards Alex's abdomen and made contact."

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But Manchester United fans have reacted furiously on Twitter after The Sun uncovered the incident, believing that this has nothing to do with him:

Contrasting life-paths

The murderer’s cousin's life path couldn’t be more different though.

While Nicholas is now back in Manchester after being released from jail on licence, Rashford is playing for one of the biggest football club’s in the world and has even been discussed by Roy Hodgson as having a chance to be included in England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

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A source told The Sun: "Nicholas and Marcus are polar opposites. While Nicholas tormented the streets of Manchester brandishing knives, Marcus has become a hero in the city.

“Something as devastating as having a cousin jailed for murder could have easily derailed him.

“But it’s testament to Marcus’ family and himself that he stayed on the straight and narrow.”

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