Marcus Rashford has been named the Manchester United player of the month for February after scoring four goals in his first two senior appearances for the club.
The striker, 18, only played 170 minutes of football for United in February, but it was enough to earn him the accolade.
Rashford was promoted to the senior ranks following injuries to Wayne Rooney and then Anthony Martial, which left the club short of attacking options and he proved himself in his game, scoring a brace against Midtjylland in the Europa League, before firing another two past Arsenal in the Premier League last week.
He made his debut in the 5-1 thrashing of Mudtjylland in the Europa League last week, after Martial was withdrawn from the squad due an injury he sustained during warm-up and he made an instant impact with his brace, which then earned him a starting place in the following game against Arsenal.
He scored two goals in four first-half minutes as van Gaal’s men recorded a 3-2 win over their top four rivals.
Rashford’s success comes in the face of United’s own travails in February as they struggled for consistency, suffering a particularly damaging Premier League defeat by Sunderland.
Though they secured safe passage into the sixth round of the FA Cup they fell to an embarrassing loss in the first-leg against Midtjylland before a comprehensive win in the return, thanks to Rashford.