Mario Melchiot: How Man United striker can impress Louis van Gaal

Mario Melchiot advises Marcus Rashford on how to keep impressing Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Mario Melchiot says Marcus Rashford will get even more game time if the Manchester United striker continues to work hard in training.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a whirlwind introduction to the United first-team after he made his debut against FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 clash.

Rashford scored twice against Danish champions to help Louis van Gaal’s side book their place in the last 16 before a 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool.

The United teenager scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal on his Premier League debut last month before Rashford netted the only goal in Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Former Chelsea defender Melchiot, who played under Van Gaal in the Netherlands set-up, explained what Rashford needs to do to continue to impress the United manager.

“He’s got a lot in his locker already, making it look easy at times. Van Gaal loves it when he finds young talent, and he always gives the youth a chance. When that talent works hard to get better he rewards them with playing time, so everyone is a winner,” Melchiot wrote on his blog.

“This is a common situation for Van Gaal, and I hope Marcus capitalises on the opportunity, doesn’t believe the hype and just keep doing what he did at the weekend.”

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United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

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