Young gun: Rashford has been used in the spearhead role ahead of Martial

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Marcus Rashford has been named Manchester United’s player of the month for February – despite playing just two of the club’s seven matches.

The 18-year-old’s remarkable start to his career helped him to secure 56 per cent of the supporter’s vote, collected through United’s official website.

Memphis Depay finished second with 31 per cent of the vote ahead of Jesse Lingard, who got 13 per cent of the support of fans.

Rashford is the talk of football after responding to his promotion to the United side by scoring four goals in his first two matches against Midtjylland and Arsenal.

He did not add to his tally in United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Watford on Wednesday night but, as revealed by Football Insider on Monday, the striker is in line to be rewarded with an improved contract.

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 The striker is set for a huge bump-up on his current deal, which is worth around £500-a-week plus bonuses.

He was compared afterwards by Louis van Gaal to Thomas Muller, Xavi and Patrick Kluivert for the impact he has had at the start of his senior career.

In other Manchester United news, Alan Shearer has advised Rashford on how to become a top striker.