The youngster has enjoyed a successful breakthrough season at Old Trafford and already scored seven goals in his first 14 appearances since his debut on 25 February 2016.
Rashford has emerged as a key player for Man United guiding them to touching distance of the Premier League top four and helping them reach the FA Cup final and talking about Rashford’s rise into the senior side, Carrick admits it is a fairytale story.
“It’s a little bit of a fairytale in a way,” he said.
“If you have asked Marcus, he would have probably wanted to get himself into the U21s on a regular basis and taken it step by step. But he got thrown in after Anthony’s injury and he has never looked back since.
“He seems to getting stronger, better and better, and he doesn’t look out of place or as though he’s is going to be a quick fix – he looks like he’s got all the capabilities of being here for an awful long time.”
Rashford was almost unheard of until Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League but the Mancunian striker has shown incredible consistency, despite his inexperience, by scoring against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and West Ham.
United have had an inconsistent season but it’s clear van Gaal has unearthed a real talent for the future, as Carrick suggests.