Louis van Gaal unfazed by Marcus Rashford’s age as ‘quality’ is more important

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has insisted that Marcus Rashford’s age is not important and that the focus should be on the 18-year-old’s “quality”.

Rashford has enjoyed a blistering start to his Man United career, scoring two goals on his debut against FC Midtjylland before registering another two against Arsenal on Sunday.

The youngster’s form has moved the spotlight firmly on him and England boss Roy Hodgson recently hinted that Rashford could make his Euro 2016 squad at the end of the campaign. Van Gaal insisted that Rashford’s age should not be taken into account when assessing the player.

“I think Mr Hodgson has answered the question and you are asking again,” van Gaal said.

“However, it is never too early. As I have said before: age is not important. Maybe you remember me saying this? Age is not important, it is quality.”

Van Gaal has given a number of top players their first chances in football over the course of his career, with the likes of Xavi, Thomas Muller and Patrick Kluivert all benefitting from the Dutchman’s tutelage.

The saying goes that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and van Gaal is staying true to his philosophy with Rashford. While it is important not to put too much pressure on the forward’s shoulders, he couldn’t have wished for a better start at Old Trafford.

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