Rashford gets counsel from former United striker


Former Manchester United prodigy Federico Macheda has warned new kid on the block Marcus Rashford he must work hard, have a little bit of luck and ignore the hype surrounding his recent performances if he is to have a future at Old Trafford.

According to Macheda, Rashford needs to capitalise on his sensational start in the first team at Old Trafford, where he has netted doubles against Midtjylland and Arsenal in his first two senior appearances.

The 18-year-old Rashford was only given an opportunity after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up for the Midtjylland match but now looks set to be given an extended chance by Louis van Gaal.

Macheda – who, as a 17-year-old in 2009, scored in his first two United appearances but then struggled to oust the big-name players in the squad at the time – has urged Rashford to seize his chance.

The forward, now at Cardiff, told the Sun: “Marcus needs to continue working hard, don’t grow a big head, don’t read or listen to all the hype and be lucky with injuries.

“The kid has got a great chance to play more than I had, so he must stay as calm and hungry as he is now.

“United will look after him – so everything is stacked in his favour.”

The youngster is also set to start again for United when they take on West Bromich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday evening with captain Wayne Rooney still recuperating from a knee injury.