Surely Marcus Rashford won’t score a double for Manchester United yet again, will he?
The 18-year-old has hit two braces in two games since making his senior debut in the Europa League last week and tonight he could be in action again.
Watford come to Old Trafford knowing that the unknown teenager could stun them just as he did Midtjylland and then Arsenal at the weekend.
The odds on Rashford repeating the feat are incredibly low considering he was a complete unknown just a few days ago.
Odds of him scoring two or more goals at Old Trafford tonight are as low as 6-1 with bookmakers Bet Victor, however some other betting firms don’t think it quite so likely, with odds of 9.5-1 available.
The only player being given lower odds on scoring a brace in tonight’s Premier League game is Anthony Martial, who could return to action tonight.
It was the Frenchman’s hamstring complaint in the warm-up last Thursday that was the catalyst for Rashford’s surprise first-team chance, so the Frenchman’s return could see the teenager drop to the bench.
Van Gaal was coy when asked whether Martial would replace Rashford, but was more forthcoming when it came to discussing his striking options.
“When I have choice enough, then I rotate,” he said. “There’s no player in the English Premier League who can cope with the rhythm of matches.
“We have seen that because a player like Rooney, who could always cope with that rhythm, is injured and not for the first time.
“I have to rotate, so with Rashford I have more players that can play in the striker’s position.
“I have Rooney, I have Martial, I have Rashford. I had (Will) Keane but Keane is injured and shall be operated on.”
MAN UTD GRADUATES GIVEN DEBUTS BY VAN GAAL
Jesse Lingard – August 2014
The forward been at the club since the age of seven and was immediately given a chance by Van Gaal, playing in the Dutchman’s first game in charge. Become a regular in the side.
Tyler Blackett – August 2014
Also played in Van Gaal’s first game with the defender going on to make 12 appearances in the league during the 2014/15 season. Currently on loan at Celtic.
Saidy Janko – August 2014
The right-back played in the embarrassing 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons. He never played again and was sold to Celtic last summer.
Reece James – August 2014
Also played in defeat to MK Dones. Sold to Wigan last summer.
Andreas Pereira – August 2014
Another in that youthful team that suffered Capital One Cup embarrassment. Has fared better since though, making nine appearances so far this season and scored his first goal.
Paddy McNair – September 2014
Given his chance amid injuries to first team players but made an impression. Has not been playing regularly this season but is considered an option.
Tom Thorpe – September 2014
Recalled from loan by Van Gaal amid an injury crisis, he played just a few minutes for the club before being sold to Rotherham.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – November 2015
The left-back has looked impressive since being given his chance against West Brom in the Premier League, particularly his delivery. Made 12 appearances in all.
Donald Love – February 2016
Called into action after an injury to full-back Matteo Darmian and since made one start.
Joe Riley – February 2016
Made his debut in FA Cup win against Shrewsbury and then started in Europa League defeat to Midtjylland.
Marcus Rashford – February 2016
Played in the second-leg of Europa League tie against Midtjylland when Anthony Martial injured himself in the warm-up. Wasted little time making an impression – scoring twice against them. And then did it again when he started in the Premier League against Arsenal.
Regan Poole – February 2016
Only joined United’s academy in September but was able to get a taste of first-team action when he came on for Ander Herrera in the 5-1 win over Midtjylland.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah – February 2016
The centre-back, a regular in the Under-21 side, came on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
James Weir – February 2016
Played just a few minutes in the win over Arsenal.
Van Gaal admitted that Rashford may find things tougher following his goal-scoring performances.
“I am always saying ‘enjoy yourself’ so to make it so easy as possible, without pressure,” said the Dutchman.
“But now the pressure shall raise for him because all the people shall look at him in another way.
“After four goals, the fans are expecting the fifth goal and that’s not normal because the average is already high.
“But he has certain qualities that he can score in his way and that’s because he sniffs the situation in advance of other players.”
Tonight’s match at Old Trafford kicks off at 8pm.