Louis van Gaal hopeful Marcus Rashford can repeat goalscoring heroics in FA Cup final

by Ben Topliss


Louis van Gaal has praised Marcus Rashford following the youngster’s goal in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Rashford scored Man United’s second goal of the night to take his tally up to eight for the season after only making his debut in February.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise at Old Trafford this term and van Gaal is hopeful that Rashford can repeat his goalscoring heroics in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

“Yes, it is unbelievable and amazing for a youngster of 18 years old, to see what he is doing,” van Gaal said.

“He has played in all of the matches [bar Norwich City] because I didn’t save him – I have only saved him for the last 15 minutes or something like that. He is showing a great quality and I hope that he can show it also in the final.”

Indecision and a tendency to snatch at big moments in games usually accompanies young players but Rashford has shown a maturity and intelligence during his brief United career so far which belies his years.

Look at United’s opener against Bournemouth, scored by Wayne Rooney. After Anthony Martial’s excellent run and ball into the box, Rashford showed supreme awareness to step over the ball for his teammate, who duly converted the chance. It was practically as good as an assist.

At 18, it is remarkable what Rashford is doing at United and the most exciting thing is that he will only get better. Supporters will be hoping for a goal or two from him in the Cup final.

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