By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Alan Shearer has urged Marcus Rashford not to get carried away by the extraordinary start to his Manchester United career.
The 18-year-old striker scored twice and assisted his team’s third goal as they defeated Arsenal 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Rashford, who also scored two goals on his senior bow against Midtjylland on Thursday, has now struck four times in his first two United appearances to draw comparisons with some greats of the game.
Shearer became his own career in sensational style, netting a hat-trick for Southampton against Arsenal on his full debut aged just 17 years and 240 days old before going on to become the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday night, the former England international urged Rashford not to get carried away by his astonishing.
“The rewards will without doubt follow both on the pitch and off the pitch,” Shearer said. “The hard work starts now for him because people will have a look at him.
“Scouts will watch him, they’ll know what he’s good at and what his weaknesses are. Now he’s got to knuckle down, learn the game. He’s at the right football club to learn that.”
Asked what advice he has for Rashford, Shearer said: “Have belief in yourself, have confidence. He’s got ability, obviously.
“He’s had a fantastic start to his football career [but] we’ve seen many a time kids come in and score on their debut and they’re the next big, bright hope.”