Marcus Rashford would have had every right to be a little frustrated at dropping back into England’s U21s after going to Euro 2016 with the senior squad, but he didn’t bat an eyelid.
The 18-year-old striker put in a fine performance against Norway’s U21s and marked his debut at that level the only way he knows how – by finding the back of the net.
But Rashford wasn’t even finished with one goal and went on to score a second with a looping shot (which may have taken a deflection) over the goalkeeper to give England a comfortable lead.
Incredibly, Rashford still wasn’t finished and he scored a third goal to seal a hat-trick on his England U21s debut.
Needless to say, United fans waxed lyrical about Rashford on Twitter after watching him play for England’s U21s:
Rashford's pace is beyond frightening.
— Rohan (@meetrohan18) September 6, 2016
Rashford with the flip flap????????????
— Sam (@SamCad96) September 6, 2016
This weekend Rashford will be sitting on the bench while Rooney jogs around like a slug on mophine slinging passes to the corner flag.
— Keith Russell (@Keith_Russell) September 6, 2016
Too fucking easy for Marcus ! #mufc
— ???????? Doon ???? (@Doon1976) September 6, 2016
Really hope Rashford starts Saturday
— Andy charman (@Andy_charman) September 6, 2016
United’s U18s player DJ Buffonge highlighted a very special achievement by Rashford as well:
Marcus just bagging in every debut he possibly can ????????
— DJ Buffonge (@DJBuffonge_) September 6, 2016
United players Ashley Young, Angel Gomes and Zak Dearnley revelled in Rashford’s success too:
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) September 6, 2016
— Santi Gomes (@agomes_47) September 6, 2016
— Zak Dearnley (@ZakDearnley) September 6, 2016
There’s nothing we haven’t already said about Rashford but to say he is one of best talents in the Premier League would be a massive understatement. In a week where England’s senior team struggled to break down Slovakia, Rashford danced around with a hat-trick in the U21s and his development curve has far from peaked yet.
United have had some great talents who’ve come through our academy doors in recent years and Rashford is certainly beginning to look like he’s got all the makings of becoming a genuine star for the club in the future. What a talent he is.