Tuesday 24 April 2018

5 things you need to know about Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has agreed a new deal with Manchester United
Marcus Rashford has agreed a new deal with Manchester United

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has signed a new contract which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020.

Here, Press Association Sport details five facts about the 18-year-old.

1. He was born on Halloween, 1997

Rashford was born in Manchester on October 31, 1997, a few months after former United boss Louis van Gaal - who gave him his debut - left Dutch giants Ajax to take up a post with Barcelona. The day after United scored six against Sheffield Wednesday at home, with strikers Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all grabbing braces.

2. He used to play for Fletcher Moss Rangers at youth level

Rashford is one of a number of players who have gone on to play professionally after turning out for local youth club Fletcher Moss Rangers. The likes of Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison all represented the team in their junior years, while current United team-mates Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Tyler Blackett were also ex-Fletcher Moss players.

3. He was prolific at under-18 level

Rashford topped the scoring charts for United's Under-18s last year, having found the net on 13 occasions in 25 starts. However, he only made his maiden appearance for the club's reserves in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie with Rochdale this season, one month before he turned 18.

4. He scored twice on his UEFA Youth League debut

Nicky Butt, recently named the head of United's academy, handed him the captain's armband for the Under-19s' first UEFA Youth League tie of the season in September against PSV. Rashford responded by scoring a brace in Eindhoven - the first coming from the penalty spot - as United coasted to a 3-0 victory.

5. A chant about him has its origins in a song released 16 years before he was born

United supporters have begun singing a song about Rashford to the tune of Depeche Mode's 1981 hit 'Just Can't Get Enough'.

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