John Giles: Marcus Rashford may be the man to save Louis van Gaal's Manchester United career
Published 03/03/2016 | 20:56
Louis van Gaal may well be in the Manchester United dugout next season - if Marcus Rashford can continue his stunning start to his Manchester United career.
That's the view of Herald columnist John Giles who has been, like most, extremely impressed by the striker's start to life at Old Trafford following an incredible haul of four goals in his first two games for the senior team.
It was revealed this week that his exploits have earned him a significant new contract, but a continued run of form could work out even better for Van Gaal.
"He took his goals very well (against Arsenal) and apart from his goals he looks to have plenty of ability," said Giles on Newstalk's Off The Ball this evening.
"He is a good athlete, he looks well balanced. He could be, in the future and at the moment, a huge plus for Van Gaal.
"This is the type of thing that rescues managers. First of all he is a local lad. He is a Manchester United lad, the supporters love to have a young lad coming in. He has gone through the academy and that at Manchester United, they (fans) love it.
"It's like Kane playing for Spurs. The crowd love it and they take to him and that can relieve the pressure, if he keeps doing well, on the manager. It gives great hope for the future and it is what the supporters want to see.
"This is somebody now that the crowd can lock on to. He's a local boy in the team, he's scoring goals and they (Manchester United) can say now 'we can produce players'.
"This is huge for the manager. Huge. Because it gives them hope, takes the pressure off the other players, takes the pressure off the manager. It's a good sign for him."
United are prepared to raise the 18-year-old's weekly salary from £1,000 to £20,000 after he scored four goals in his first two senior games.
Van Gaal is keen to protect the Manchester-born forward's development and is wary of asking him to take on too much responsibility too soon, but there is an acknowledgement at the club that he is worth a better contract more in line with the club's first-team players.
The club will open talks with his representatives on a deal that they hope will keep him at the club until 2020, and aim to secure the agreement before the end of the season.