Tuesday 23 January 2018

Debut brace from Marcus Rashford as Man United trounce FC Midtjylland by 5-1

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United’s injury curse has struck again, after Anthony Martial picked up a hamstring injury in the warm-up for his side’s Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland in Denmark.

Martial was replaced in the United starting line-up by youngster Marcus Rashford for their crucial European clash, in what was another hammer blow for boss Louis van Gaal.

United’s lengthy injury list has undermined their hopes of success this season and after keeper David De Gea was injured in the warm-up for the first leg against FC Midtjylland, now Martial has gone down with an injury.

United were drawing 1-1  at the break after Memphis equalised following Sisto's early strike, before Juan Mata spurned an ample opportunity when failing to convert a spot kick. I the second half Rashford found the net twice with Ander Hererra scoring from the spot and Memphis capping off a fine personal display with a wonderful finish.

Meanwhile, United legend Paul Scholes has questioned the methods of Van Gaal once again, with the under-pressure Old Trafford boss unlikely to be impressed with the latest snipe from the 11-time Premier League title winner.

Van Gaal has hit out at Scholes for persistently criticising his football philosophy during his two seasons at United, yet that has not stopped the Old Trafford hero contining to voice public doubts about the Dutchman.

Amid reports that Van Gaal ordered his players to attend one-on-one meetings to discuss last week's Europa League defeat against FC Midtjylland in Denmark, BT Sport pundit Scholes suggested this was the kind of treatment he might expect for junior players and not senior professionals.

“It’s his style, he may think he will get more out of the player,” Scholes said.

“I had that when I was 16 or 17. You have meeting with the youth team coach, but not when you are in the first team."

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