Marcus Rashford rejected Liverpool to join Manchester United

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Marcus Rashford announced himself as the latest exciting prospect to come out of the Manchester United youth system with two well-taken goals against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night.

Of course, the 18-year-old still has a long way to go if he is to establish himself as a first-team regular, but two goals against the reigning Danish champions is certainly the right way to go about things.

Treading the same path as Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Ravel Morrison, Jesse Lingard, Tyler Blackett and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Rashford moved to the United academy as a seven-year-old from Fletcher Moss Rangers junior football club.

However, Rashford faced a fork in the road at a point in his life when he should have been worried about nothing but kicking the ball. Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United were all well aware of his talent.

Scouts from the four Premier League clubs were sent to track him before, all of a sudden, he faced a decision that would mould his career. Luckily for Manchester United, there is one prime reason why he was always moving to Old Trafford.

Always United

"He's a United fan," Fletcher Moss chairman Ron Jamieson told Manchester Evening News.

"Once they came in for him I don't think they'd have chosen anyone else. Everton, United and Liverpool, they were all clamouring around him.

"Everton were quite keen on him, they actually swamped a particular tournament in 2005 and had Everton scouts at every single game and they were quite keen for him to go down to the training ground. But he wasn't too keen, to be fair, and neither were his parents."

Training with City

According to the Daily Mail, Rashford also had the chance to play for Manchester City. Still deciding where his future would lie, he trained with both Manchester clubs before Rene Meulensteen persuaded him to choose red over blue.

David Horrocks, his first coach at Fletcher Moss Rangers, says it was the training programme that Meulensteen was offering that eventually saw Rashford move to Carrington.

"Like most talented kids, Marcus wasn't just scouted by one club. He went to the Moss Side development centre at United and City knew he was going well so he also trained at their academy at Platt Lane which was close to his home in Fallowfield.

"United had a programme to develop individual skills. The ethos was laid down by Meulensteen and all the coaches followed it. It suited Marcus down to the ground because he was allowed to have the ball and express himself rather than just pass-pass-pass.

"Boys can't sign a piece of paper with any club until their ninth birthday. It was around that time Marcus decided he wanted to go to United. In his words as I drove him to The Cliff, he could see himself being a better footballer under their programme."

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