Arsene Wenger hailed the Premier League debut of Marcus Rashford

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Marcus Rashford after his extraordinary Premier League debut.

The Manchester United striker scored twice and assisted his team’s third goal as they defeated Arsenal 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The 18-year-old, 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.

Wenger poured cold water on the suggestion that United’s weakened team had struck a surprise blow by defeating his title-challenging team, but admitted Rashford has immense potential.

“Let’s not go overboard,” Wenger said at his post-match media briefing. “They had a few millions [of pounds] on the pitch today. From De Gea to their whole midfield, who were experienced. They spent a lot of money on it.

“The player who was surprising for me was Rashford because the times we were in the danger was in the box and he could be a surprise for Manchester United from what I have seen today.”

United’s win draws them to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City and keeps alive their hopes of a top-four finish this season.

In other Manchester United news, Van Gaal gives his verdict on Rashford’s first Premier League performance.