You may not yet have heard of Marcus Rashford, that's to be expected. The 18 year old football player out of Manchester England was only called up to the ManchesterUnited first-team last year, and didn't record his first appearance for the squad until February 2016.
Between training sessions and Saturday PremierLeague matches the budding star is off taking chemistry tests, still working on finishing high school. So again, if you haven't yet heard of Rashford, it's understandable.
-- Oh, you thought I was kidding about the chemistry? --
Just take a look at what the youngster has done since his debut last season with the RedDevils and you'll quickly realize that this kid is the future of not just MUFC but also English football.
Rashford first took to the pitch for ManU in a UEFA Europa match in late February last season. He wasn't even a part of the squad that day until United striker Anthony Martial was injured in warm-ups and Rashford was put in as a late addition to the team.
He wasted no time in making a name for himself however, scoring twice in the match as United went on to win 5-1 against FC Midtjylland.
Rashford's two goals against FCMidtjylland made him the youngest United goal scorer in European competition.
Believe it or not, it only gets better--
Rashford sparkled again, just three days later on his Premier League debut. He scored United's first two goals in their match against rivals Arsenal, first with a cool finish from close range and later scoring brilliantly off a header.
Header in the bottom corner against one of the world's best goalkeepers PetrCech? Sure, why not.
Awesome celebration to cap it off? Definitely.
See both goals in all their glory below --
Rashford's brace (two goals in a match) not only propelled United to a 3-2 victory that day but also etched his name into the record books by becoming United's youngest ever Premier League goalscorer and the third youngest in Prem history.
Pretty impressive right?
Ya, you could say so, but the Manchester boy is just getting started. Roughly a month later Marcus flashed his brilliance again, this time netting the winner against ManCity in the ManchesterDerby.
Rashford cutting past the first defender and slotting home a very composed finish against his England teammate JoeHart.
Marcus went on to finish the 2015/2016 campaign with 5 goals in 11 EPL matches, he also notched his first FACup goal (also a winner against WestHam) which helped United to a FA Cup trophy two matches later.
Rashford, Lingard, Carrick and Darmian celebrate the first FA Cup title for MUFC in 12 seasons.
International Duty --
With such a successful top-flight campaign the pressure was on England boss Roy Hodgson to call Rashford up to the England first team for the summers EURO2016 competition.
Amidst some criticism that the move was perhaps hasty Rashford again proved the world wrong, scoring in his debut for England in late May during a friendly against Australia. He scored just 3 minutes into the match and quickly became the youngest Englishman to score an international goal in his debut.
Despite the unbelievable start to his professional career Marcus was used sparingly as a sub in the Euros. He only saw about 20 total minutes of play time, which even for Rashford wasn't quite enough to get his feet under himself.
New season, new manager, new squad --
With a change of guard at United this summer Rashford has been forced to settle into a new managerial style, and has taken a back seat to the like of Zlatan. That didn't however, stop Rashford from showing his skill and class once more, this time coming on for United as a late sub in a 0-0 draw against Hull City.
Rashford snuck into the perfect position (as he has so often done in his career) and tapped home aWayneRooney cross in the 94th minute to give United a very important 3 points, keeping them tied at the top of the table with City and Chelsea.
United's away fans lost it when their hometown hero tucked away the winner against a defensively sound HullCity side.
After a quiet Euros new England manager Sam Allardyce decided it best to give Rashford the opportunity for more playing time, dropping him down to the U-21 team for their Euro qualification matches while to first team played their WorldCup qualifiers during the international break.
While many players would have not taken lightly to this demotion, Rashford used the opportunity to show his boss was he was missing out on. During England's match against Norway Rashford scored not just once, but 3 times, recording his first hatrick for his country and helping his side to a 6-1 win.
Allardyce was present in the stands for the performance, Rashford certainly gave his manager something to think about moving forward.
Man of the match Marcus Rashford said afterwards in an interview --
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