van Gaal warns Rashford needs to cope up with his sudden rise to fame.
van Gaal warns Rashford needs to cope up with his sudden rise to fame.

Louis van Gaal has insisted United’s new sensation Marcus Rashford has the perfect attitude to cope up with his sudden rise to fame but also urged the media to give the Mancunian teenager some space.

The 18-year-old striker has unexpectedly taken LVG’s first eleven by storm with massive four goals in two appearances.

Rashford actually burst onto the limelight with his Europa League brace against Midtjylland and followed it up with another brace on Sunday against a tough team like Arsenal.

But ahead of the Premier League clash with Watford the Dutch manager wants to take the heat off the United academy product.

“Too much attention is not always easy to deal with. Of course it is remarkable and I can understand you are praising him but still he has to show his consistency,” said Van Gaal.

“The media have to leave him in peace and rest I think. When you are in front of his house and that kind of stuff I don’t think it is beneficial for a boy of 18 years old. Give him the time also to be 18 years old.

“We shall guide him also in that way. And also the elder players shall guide Marcus and I hope I can guide you (the media) in this press conference and say it is not convenient to be in front of his house.”

Apart from the attention away from Old Trafford and United’s Carrington training complex the Dutch boss is confident that Rashford will not be carried away with being in the spotlight in such a short time.

“He is a very modest guy so I don’t think it shall be a problem,” added van Gaal.

“But of course when you have so much attention from the media it can go the other way. But I believe he will keep his feet on the ground.”

However, van Gaal was not so sure how Marcus Rashford would perform for Manchester United because the stand-in teenage striker had merely trained with the first team despite two times being on the bench back in November, yet he was given an opportunity only because of Anthony Martial’s sudden injury in the warm-up before the Europa League match. Rashford is also a beneficiary of the Dutch manager’s decision not to buy a striker in January.

Anthony Martial has a chance of being in contention for the match against Watford tonight and van Gaal would not be drawn on whether Rashford would retain his place. “You have to wait and see,” he said

 

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