Carrick: Rashford no ‘flash in the pan’

Michael Carrick has no doubt that teenage striker Marcus Rashford will live up to the high expectations placed on the shoulders at Manchester United.

The 18-year-old scored a brace on his debut in a Europa League clash with FC Midtjylland on 25 February, and followed up on his impressive debut with another brace in the Red Devils’ 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

Understandably, Rashford hasn’t been able to maintain that lethal goal-scoring form, but he did bag the opening goal in his side’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday night.

His form has even led some to call for his inclusion in England manager Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.

When asked about Rashford’s impressive start to life at United, Carrick said: “It’s incredible. It’s so good to see young lads come in, do well and take their chance. Not in his wildest dreams could he have predicted the last two or three months that he’s had.

“He’s still got his feet on his ground though. He keeps coming in, he doesn’t change, he works hard, he listens, he’s willing to learn and I think he’s got a great chance of staying at the top for a long time.

“I don’t think it’s a flash in the pan, in and out. I think he’s here to stay and goals like that, we’ll welcome more of them.”