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Teenage striker Marcus Rashford in Best ever start for Man United

By Stuart Mckinley

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford announced his arrival in the Manchester United first-team with a goalscoring performance that made him better than Best.

The 18-year-old was only told 10 minutes before kick-off in United's Europa League clash with Danish side Midtjylland that he was starting the game after Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up.

There was no sign of nerves as Rashford made it a dream debut with two goals in United's 5-1 win, which saw them progress to the last 16 on an aggregate scoreline of 6-3.

At the of just 18 years and 117 days the youngster has now overtaken United and Northern Ireland legend George Best as the club's youngest European goalscorer.

United manager Louis van Gaal hailed the Milk Cup graduate's performance - with some words of wisdom at half time contributing to his second-half brace.

"Unbelievable. In the first half he ran too much, too much on the sidelines, and I said at half-time, 'You have to be within the width of the goal and you shall score,' and you see he scores two goals, it is fantastic for him," said Van Gaal.

"It was a great performance, I think the fans shall have enjoyed our attacking football."

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