By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Teen sensation Marcus Rashford will be guided by Manchester United’s old heads, Louis van Gaal has revealed.
The United manager says the 18-year-old is a “modest guy” but has spoken of his concern at the amount of attention he has received in recent days.
Rashford is the talk of English football after scoring four goals in his first two senior matches, a double against Midtjylland in the Europa League followed by Sunday’s astonishing brace in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Van Gaal, who has urged the media to leave the young striker in peace, has explained how the senior players will have a key role to play at Old Trafford.
Speaking at his media briefing on Tuesday, the manager said: “The older players will guide him and I hope to guide you also in this press conference: he is getting too much attention and it’s not always easy to deal with that attention.
“It’s remarkable and I can understand that you are praising him, but still he has to show his consistency.”
Van Gaal wants the United academy graduate to keep his feet on the floor and ignore all the attention and focus on him following his remarkable rise to stardom in the space of a week.
“First I think that the media have to leave him in peace. When you are in front of his house and that kind of stuff, I don’t think that is beneficial for a boy of 18 years.
“Give him the time to be 18-years-old and we shall guide him also in that way.
“He’s a very modest guy, so I don’t think that will be a problem, but when you have so much attention from the media it can go another way, but I believe he shall keep his feet on the ground.”
Rashford is set for his third start against Watford on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, although Van Gaal said Anthony Martial is in contention to return to the team after shaking off a hamstring injury.
United go into the game three points off fourth spot, their hopes of a Champions League spot revived by Sunday’s win over Arsenal, in which Rashford bagged two and set up the winner.
In other Manchester United news, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian come into contention to return after injury absences.