Louis Van Gaal: Rashford just like Muller, Kluivert

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has likened Marcus Rashford to some of the great players he’s handed debuts to.

Rashford, 18, scored twice and set-up a third to help United sink Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford and make it four goals in two games following his brace in the Europa League last week.

Van Gaal reckons he has a special talent on his hands and one that reminds him of the likes of Xavi, Patrick Kluivert and Thomas Muller.

He said: “The experience of mine is that youngsters always play well the first match, but the second match is different. But Marcus played well in both matches so he is a special talent.

“I can imagine this debut is like a lot of them. Patrick Kluivert makes the winning goal (for Ajax) in the Super Cup in the Netherlands.

“Xavi was also fantastic against I think Valladolid (for Barcelona) and also Thomas Muller had a fantastic debut.

“It’s unbelievable, when you are 18 and come in like that. Four goals in two matches is an average that is unusual.

“When you get the chance you have to perform and do the things we are asking. I’ve always said it’s not a matter of age but quality – and he’s showed it.”

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