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'He is a Man Utd player because he is exciting' - Giggs hails Rashford potential

09:58 GMT 25/02/2017
Marcus Rashford Manchester United Premier League 2016
The teenage forward burst onto the scene in spectacular style 12 months ago, and a club legend is tipping him to achieve great things at Old Trafford

On February 25 2016, Marcus Rashford was handed his Manchester United debut.

With Louis van Gaal’s options depleted by injury, the talented teenager was thrust into a Europa League clash with Midtjylland by the Red Devils manager.

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Any fears that the stage may be too big for a relatively untested academy graduate were eased over the course of 90 impressive minutes as Rashford netted a deadly double.

Twelve months on and the 19-year-old is now an established first team star at Old Trafford and a senior international who graced Euro 2016 with England.

He has found the going a little tougher this term, with the surprise element having been eliminated from his game, but he remains a player of considerable promise and one United legend Ryan Giggs always believed would reach the top at a club set up to embrace his ability.

Giggs told PA Sport: "I remember watching him the week before [his debut], it may have even been three or four days before that game, training with the reserves.

"He obviously stood out and he looked sharp but, little did we know that three or four days later, he would be starring and ending the season so well and then going onto the Euros with England.

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"He is an exciting prospect. He's just so quick and direct. His best position, really, is through the middle, coming up with the goods and he is just an exciting player.

"I always say he is a Man United player because he is exciting, he has got a good mentality and he is tough. I think he'll do well at United for a long, long time."

Giggs also progressed through the youth ranks at United to become one of the most decorated players in the clubs history, and he admits it is vital for that production line to continue churning out home-grown talent.

The former Wales international added: "It is important - someone who the fans see has come through the ranks, someone who is one of their own, someone who grew up in the area.

"It's important and it is important at most clubs, but obviously United, when they've got that great history of young players coming through, there's that added pressure as well.

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"I think the fans always get behind the young players that come through, even if they make mistakes they still get behind them.

“The best thing of all is that Marcus is a good kid. He wants to improve, wants to be the best and to come through as a centre-forward at United is not easy."