first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): The player who is all the talk at Manchester United right now isn’t listed on the 31-man squad on the back of the team’s match-day program. There’s even a section currently up on United’s website, posing the question many are wondering: Who is Marcus Rashford? Well, he is the 18-year-old rookie striker who has saved under-pressure United coach Louis van Gaal from even deeper scrutiny and who could be a potential star of the future at Old Trafford. Playing in his first match for United’s senior team as a late injury replacement, Rashford scored twice against FC Midtjylland to lead United’s recovery in a 5-1 win that qualified the team for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. With an injury crisis coursing through Van Gaal’s squad, Rashford is likely to be starting up front against Arsenal in a globally anticipated English Premier League game in front of nearly 80,000 spectators on Sunday. It’s something of a whirlwind for a player who, before Thursday, had never started a game above under-19 level and signed a professional contract at United only in 2014. Now he is the club’s youngest ever scorer in European soccer. Van Gaal is clearly excited about Rashford’s potential, but is being cautious. “It is fantastic (for him), but you have to be consistent and we are looking for consistent strikers,” Van Gaal said after the Midtjylland game, slightly puncturing the jubilant mood. “There are not so many on this earth.” Of course, these are early days for Rashford and there are plenty of examples of where great starts to careers at United didn’t come to fruition. For every Wayne Rooney, who memorably scored a hat-trick in the Champions League on his United debut, there is Federico Macheda — the Italian who scored on his first-team debut in April 2009, but has been on an unsuccessful tour of the English lower leagues ever since. Rashford looks to have the composure and technique to go places, though. Born and raised in Manchester, he comes from the same junior club — Fletcher Moss — that spawned former United players Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison. He has captained United’s Under-19 team and was the top scorer for the Under-18s last season. Against Midtjylland, he liked to get involved in play rather than just prey on the shoulder of the last defender. But his predatory close-range finishes for his second-half double showed a goalscorer’s instinct. “In the first half he ran too much out wide,” Van Gaal said, “and I said he needs to be in front of goal to score.” Rashford is arguably United’s sixth-choice striker — behind Rooney, Anthony Martial, James Wilson, Will Keane and emergency targetman Marouane Fellaini. Those five are either injured or on loan (Wilson) so Rashford is likely to start against Arsenal, a game United needs to win to keep in touch with the top four. “I watched him last night and he was quite impressive,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I know all of their players — Rashford I didn’t know.” He’ll know more about the kid come Sunday evening.last_img read more

first_imgThere was a strong rumour doing the rounds that Man United wanted Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy.The right back is behind Hector Bellerin at the Emirates and manager Arsene Wenger said the Frenchman could leave the club, but only on loan.“It is possible he could stay in the Premier League,” he explained.Louis van Gaal has both Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia playing in the position, but as soon as Debuchy’s named was linked to United he became a hot topic of conversation on Twitter.In 2008, Arsenal signed defender Mikael Silvestre from Man United but he did not exactly dazzle the crowd during his two years in London.As a result some Gooners are hoping Debuchy’s transfer goes ahead, so they can exact some revenge on the club for that deal eight years ago.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets below. 1 Arsenal fans hoping to exact revenge on United for selling them Silvestre by flogging them Debuchy last_img read more

first_imgCNG stations Prothom Alo File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the CNG stations across the country will remain open for 24 hours for 13 days to ensure hassle-free journey for the Eid holiday makers.“CNG stations will remain operational nonstop for seven days before and five days after the Eid. The authorities concerned have already been asked to take necessary steps to implement the decision,” he said at a meeting.The movement of heavy vehicles will remain suspended for three days before the Eid, the minister said, adding but vehicles carrying essential goods, garments and medicines will ply on the streets as usual.The Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be celebrated on 5 June subject to moon sighting.last_img read more