Five facts about United sensation Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford's meteoric rise continued on Sunday as the teenage Manchester United striker scored twice against Arsenal, just days after bagging a brace on his debut against FC Midtjylland.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their second goal against Arsenal.   -  REUTERS

Marcus Rashford's meteoric rise continued on Sunday as the teenage Manchester United striker scored twice against Arsenal, just days after bagging a brace on his debut against FC Midtjylland. We reveal five facts about the 18-year-old starlet that every football fan should know:

1) Rashford was born in Manchester on October 31, 1997. The day after United scored six against Sheffield Wednesday at home, with strikers Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all grabbing braces.

2) Rashford is one of several players who have gone on to play professionally for United after turning out for local youth club Fletcher Moss Rangers. Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison all represented the team in their junior years, while current United team-mates Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Tyler Blackett are also ex-Fletcher Moss players.

3) Rashford topped the scoring charts for United's Under-18s last year, netting 13 times in 25 starts, but only made his debut for the club's reserves in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie with Rochdale this season.

4) Nicky Butt, recently named the head of United's academy, named him captain for the Under-19s' first UEFA Youth League tie of the season in September against PSV Eindhoven. Rashford responded by scoring twice in a 3-0 victory.

5) Van Gaal named Rashford among his substitutes in the 2-1 win at Watford on November 21 and in the draw at Leicester the following weekend. However, it was only against Midtjylland and then Arsenal that the teenager got his chance to shine.