Manchester United fans: hands up if you were aware of Marcus Rashford’s existence prior to this year? Be honest.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since making his first-team debut against Midtjylland in February and is now one of the first names on Louis van Gaal’s team-sheet.
There’s even talk he could be handed a shock call-up to the England squad for this summer’s European Championships in France, so impressive have his performances been over recent weeks.
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However, just three months ago and very few football fans - many United supporters included - had heard of Rashford.
But if you happen to be following @ScholesyLad on Twitter, he would have told you back in December 2014 that Rashford is a player you needed to keep your eye on.
“Marcus Rashford, our U-18 forward is a prospect,” he tweeted. “A world class prospect. Pace,power,precision...has got everything”.
Top word, @ScholesyLad.
We also predicted Marcus Rashford would be class
If you were reading this very website a couple of months prior to that, in October 2014, you would have seen our article on the reasons why it was vital for Manchester United to fight off interest from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in order to keep the talented 16-year-old.
At that stage, Rashford appeared to bear similarities with a certain Paul Pogba - minus the same rangy physique.
The Manchester-born forward displayed excellent close control, along with the ability to dribble and pick a pass.
Rashford, though, appears to be a natural-born goalscorer rather than a player who operates a little deeper.
The teenager possesses fantastic movement and already has seven goals in 12 first-team appearances for the Red Devils.
There are no guarantees at this early stage that Rashford will become a world-class forward, but he could hardly have made a better start to his professional career.
De Gea hails Rashford
"It's unbelievable, no?" David de Gea recently told MUTV, per the Independent. "This player is really young and he's scored many goals. Hopefully, for many years, he'll be in this club and can make history for the club as well."
Fabregas also praises the striker
Even opposition players, such as Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, have been impressed with the teenager’s rip-roaring start.
“He’s on fire at the moment, I really like the kid,” Fabregas said on Monday Night Football - per the Manchester Evening News - this week.
“I’ve watched him play a few times since he came through. I really like his intelligence. His desire to be in the box, his movement as we’ve seen, around defenders."
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