Marcus Rashford’s rise at Manchester United has been nothing short of meteoric.
From an unknown youngster to United’s go-to guy in the space of half a year, Rashford has developed into one of the most exciting players in Europe.
There was only so long that Jose Mourinho could keep him from United’s starting line-up and, of course, he scored when given 90 minutes in United’s 3-1 defeat to Watford on Sunday.
Teddy Sheringham referenced the 18-year-old’s instincts earlier this year when citing Rashford’s attributes.
“Just being at the right place at the right time is a knack for any striker,” Sheringham said. “You can teach it but if you have that born into you, it’s a lovely knack to have.”
At Vicarage Road on Sunday, Rashford displayed quick reactions to dispatch from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross.
Yet it’s another of his traits that is impossible to miss when watching the young striker in action - his pace.
Norway’s poor Under 21 players are probably still recovering from Rashford’s devastating hat-trick earlier in the month. His first goal, an unerring finish past Sondre Rossbach, came after he left his marker eating dust.
United's quickest youngster
But you’re wrong if you thought that Rashford was the fastest youngster at United. According to Under 18s captain Ro-Shaun Williams, that honour goes to another player with huge potential.
“We do speed testing and there are quite a lot of fast players in the squad," Williams told United’s official website.
“Tim [Fosu-Mensah] is fast, Axel [Tuanzebe] and Marcus - all of them are very fast so we have quite a good competition between us. We do it in the gym.
“Am I the quickest? [Laughs] No, Tim is probably the fastest!"
Fosu-Mensah was part of the group of youngsters afforded a chance in the senior team by Louis van Gaal, but Mourinho’s arrival has seen him return to the youth ranks.
And although it might be Rashford who is making headlines at the moment, at least Fosu-Mensah has bragging rights when it comes to a sprinting race.