EPL: Rashford Compounds Gunners Woes

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[caption id="attachment_5787" align="alignnone" width="680"]Marcus Rashford[/caption]

18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored a brace as Manchester United Defeated Arsenal 3-2 in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford.

This is Louis Van Gaal’s third win in three different competitions in the space of seven days, scoring 11 goals, also denting Arsenal’s hopes of closing the gap on League leader’s Leicester City, as the Gunners seek to win their first Premier League title in 12-years.

Rashford, who scored twice in United’s 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland on Thursday, scored two goals in three-minutes and added an assist to defeat their bitter rivals in an afternoon, that saw the clocks turned back to classic confrontations between these two English giants.

Danny Welbeck pulled one back for the visitors before the break, before Ander Herrera 65th minute deflected strike ensure United were two-goals ahead.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, who has 18 assist to his name, volleyed home from 15-yeards after the Home side failed to clear a right-wing cross from Alexis Sanchez.

Louis Van Gaal, was delighted with his player’s performance, most especially Rashford, after missing key players to injury.

“It’s unbelievable when you are 18 years old and you come in,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports. “I can understand it like last Thursday against Midtjylland because you are coming in and you do your thing without any pressure.

“But the second time is more difficult and he played a very good match. The things I asked of him, he scores again – four goals in two matches – that is an average that is unusual!

“You get a chance and you have to perform, you have to do the things that we are asking. I have always said it is not a matter of age, it is a matter of quality and he shows it.”

“When you see the circumstances, the many injuries and a lot of youngsters are participating, it was a great match,” he added.

Louis Van Gaal’s side are fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-place Manchester City, which has a game in hand.