Marcus Rashford’s credentials as a goal-machine-in-the-making received an almighty shot in the arm as his second brace in as many matches helped Manchester United down Arsenal.
The 19-year-old notched the first and second, before assisting the decisive strike in the Red Devils’ 3-2 triumph that saw them whittled into 333/100 to finish fourth or better.
Indeed, Arsenal’s propensity to concede to United teenagers whose surname starts with R was highlighted on this very blog two days prior to kick off, so to see Rashford strike twice came as no surprise to the scribes at news.bwin.
For those unaware of this tendency, to see the youngster score his first Premier League goals against such esteemed opposition may have come as a shock, but now he’s on two for the campaign, backing him to finish on over 5.5 at 17/20 look great odds indeed.
Rashford is required to find the net just four more times to bring the bet home and, given the electrifying start he has made to his professional career – he now has four goals from two matches in all competitions – he’ll be assured of a spot in the first team with those ahead of him in the pecking order out of action.
Wayne Rooney’s knee injury will keep him out for the rest of March at least, while Anthony Martial wasn’t deemed fit enough to be on the bench for the Gunners conquest.
Recent exploits essentially guarantee a place in the team for Watford’s visit to Old Trafford this week, with the immediate recalling of the potentially-recovered Martial impossible to vindicate were it at the expense of Rashford.
Even were he to lose his starting spot over the next few weeks, the lack of alternatives for Louis van Gaal will ensure he reverts to a first reserve role for the remainder of the season, promising plenty of game time regardless.
The exemplary predatory instincts that have served him so well in the last two games render a tally of six league goals or more easily attainable.