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Monday 23 October 2017

Rashford to kick on

United kid has Watford in his sights after a dream week

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Fledgling forward Marcus Rashford is keen to build on his "crazy" start in Manchester United's first team after impressing with two more goals in Sunday's 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal

The 18-year-old's double against the Gunners came after he scored twice on his first team debut in the 5-1 dismantling of Danish side Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.

United's next game is at home to Watford tomorrow night before Sunday's visit to West Bromwich Albion.

"It's just crazy. This is my first game in the Premier League so obviously it's been amazing, and to score two has been a bonus. So hopefully we can carry it on and go again the next game," Rashford said.

Rashford said his late inclusion on Thursday, after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, had probably helped him.

"It was a shock playing midweek ... But that maybe benefited me because I wasn't thinking about the game too much, so it's been good," the Manchester-born player said.

The victory over Arsenal left United fifth in the league, three points behind Manchester City who have a game in hand on their rivals and occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

The club that first gave the likes of Rashford and Danny Welbeck the chance to play football is in danger of folding.

Sunday was a remarkable day for the Fletcher Moss Rangers community club as those two old boys got on the scoresheet in the clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.

The pair are merely two of a long line professionals to have started at Fletcher Moss, a park-based club in Manchester which runs 17 teams and a soccer school. Others include Tyler Blackett, Wes Brown, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Ravel Morrison.

Yet away from the glamour of the top flight, Fletcher Moss are fighting for their survival. Their facilities are dilapidated and poorly designed, while league fees and bills are a heavy burden.

David Horrocks, the club's academy development officer and skills coach, said: "There are a lot of other kids that could get the opportunity to be in their position, but if our organisation happens to fold because our facility isn't safe to be in, then that is a tragedy.

"The building we are in at the moment is falling into a state of disrepair and the council have not got the money to be able to repair it."

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