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Rashford not to debut against Arsenal: Louis van Gaal

Manchester: Louis van Gaal has upset plenty of Manchester United fans already this season and may do so again by resisting calls for teenager Marcus Rashford (right) to start against title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League today.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

The 18-year-old Rashford had a dream senior debut on Thursday when, thrust in after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, the striker responded by scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Danish side FC Midtjylland as United overcame a first leg deficit for a 6-3 aggregate success in their last 32 Europa League tie.

But the veteran Dutch manager van Gaal advised caution. “No, he shall not play,” said the United manager of talk Rashford might start against Arsenal. “He can come off the bench maybe. I cannot risk it. I’m a long-term coach.”

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