Louis van Gaal reveals what he said to Marcus Rashford at half time during Manchester United’s Europa League win
Louis van Gaal revealed he gave teenage sensation Marcus Rashford some half-time advance which led to him scoring twice on his Manchester United debut.
The 18-year-old, who started the Europa League game against FC Midtjylland after Anthony Martial pulled out in the warm up, found the net twice in 15 second-half minutes.
The Danish side went ahead after 20 minutes before an own goal, two from Rashford, an Ander Herrera penalty and Memphis Depay all scored in the 5-1 rout.
And Van Gaal was pleased with the second-half showing from his side, particularly that of Rashford who took heed of his half-time advice.
On the 18-year-old’s performance, the Dutch manager told BT Sport: “Unbelievable, in the first half he ran too much, too much on the sidelines, and I said at half-time, ‘You have to be within the width of the goal and you shall score,’ and you see he scores two goals, it is fantastic for him.
“It was a great performance, I think the fans shall have enjoyed our attacking football.”
Rashford was only playing because of an injury to Martial in the warm-up, but Van Gaal said the France international was not set for a long-term lay-off.
“I think he is smart and wise to step out, because it was not a rupture, it was a tight hamstring,” he said. “I don’t think it is very heavy.”