Rashford, 18, has scored five goals in eight games for Man United since his debut for the club last month.
Martial, meanwhile, has established himself as one of United’s most dangerous players this term since his summer move from Monaco despite being just 20 years old. Mata revealed that he is “very happy” to be playing alongside them.
“They are very good and can become even better. Both are under 20 and have great qualities; fast, have goals in their pockets,” Mata said.
“For us they are very important. In the last few games, Marcus has been scoring and Anthony has been one of our key players through the season. I feel very happy playing alongside them because I can play those passes and they can finish.”
Louis van Gaal has been roundly criticised at points this season, and rightly so, but he deserves credit for the way he has promoted and shown faith in youth over the course of the campaign.
In what has been a season of lows for supporters, Rashford and Martial have lit up Old Trafford at times and van Gaal has played a big part in their upward trajectories this term.