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The 18-year-old dazzled during his senior debut for Louis van Gaal's side in the Europa League - but he could have ended up at their rivals

Manchester City rejected the chance to sign Marcus Rashford ahead of Manchester United because of his small size, according to the striker’s former youth coach.

The 18-year-old impressed during his senior debut for United on Thursday evening as he scored twice in a 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

Rashford began his career at Fletcher Moss Rangers, a club based south of Manchester which has also produced Danny Welbeck, Ravel Morrison, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Tyler Blackett and Zeki Fryers.

“His brother Dwayne was with him when he came to us,” Fletcher Moss Rangers’ club secretary, Ron Jamieson, told The Times.

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“He was touting him to Manchester City at the time but the recruitment officer there did not fancy him because he was a bit on the small side and didn’t pick him up.

“We took him to the [Champion of Champions] tournament and all the scouts were there. Everton were very keen and Manchester United.

“It was advantageous for us to push him towards United so he went there and the rest is history.”

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