EPL Fans’ Top 5: Marcus Rashford takes the plaudits

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Do you agree with this week’s top five? Have your say by using our Valora Futbol tool or on Twitter using #360Fans.

1) MARCUS RASHFORD (MAN UTD) – 7.62

What a week it’s been for the young Manchester United forward, with four goals in just two games.

The 18-year-old stunned Old Trafford with a brace in his first Premier League game as United romped past Arsenal 3-2 and breathed new life into their season.

Rashford has made a huge impact for Louis van Gaal’s men and obviously delighted our #360fans using the ValoraFutbol ratings tool with his impressive league debut.

2) WAHBI KHAZRI (SUNDERLAND) – 7.57

The Sunderland wideman is certainly a character and despite his failed rabona attempt (see below), he made enough of an impression this week despite being on the losing side for Sunderland.

His team were downed 1-0 by West Ham but had a number of chances late on to get back into the game.

Khazri was pivotal in their late surge but couldn’t deliver a point for his side.

3) MICHAIL ANTONIO (WEST HAM) – 7.38

While Kazhri failed to deliver an end product, the same could not be said of Michail Antonio who continued his impressive form with another match winning performance for the Hammers.

Antonio’s first-half strike was his fourth of the season and third in his last six games.

Proving the only goal of the game, it kept West Ham’s challenge for a European place on course.

4) CRAIG GARDNER (WEST BROM) – 7.29

Boy did West Brom need a win this week and boy did Gardner play a crucial role in them gaining all three points.

His opener got the Baggies train going and despite Palace’s late rally, Tony Pulis’ men managed to hold on for the victory.

Gardner also laid on the second for teammate Craig Dawson and will be delighted with his showing at the Hawthorns.

5) MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (STOKE CITY) – 7.23

The 26-year-old was back to his best against strugglers Aston Villa, scoring twice as Mark Hughes’ men returned to form.

Arnautovic now has nine goals to his name in the Premier League and three in his last four games for Stoke.

The win saw Stoke rise back into the top half and they will remain confident of a late push for Europe should Arnautovic continue in this vein of form.

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Louis' Little 'Uns: Van Gaal's Manchester United youngsters

Sport360 staff 29/02/2016
These young players may well have saved Van Gaal his job.

While Van Gaal’s tenure has been largely derided, he has seen an upturn in both fortune and support since giving United’s young players a chance in the first team.

Injuries have forced his hand but thanks to the likes of Marcus Rashford, it seems the Dutchman has bough himself a little more time at Old Trafford.

Share with us the player who has impressed you the most and your own thoughts on Van Gaal’s future by commenting below or using #360fans across social media.

Marcus Rashford
Two games and four goals for the 18-year-old who is doing a good job ensuring Rooney is not missed.

Regan Poole
Promising Welsh defender, 17, has featured in the Europa League and the FA Cup.

Joe Riley
The 19-year-old left back started the 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland and made the bench against Arsenal on Sunday.

Donald Love
Scottish right-back Love, 21, came on at Sunderland and started the win over FC Midtjylland.

James Weir
Midfielder, 20, made his EPL debut as a sub in the 3-2 win over Arsenal having also featured in the Europa League.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Impressive left-back, 19, has made eight EPL appearances and even made a Champions League debut against Wolfsburg.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah
The ex-Dutch U17 captain, now 18, is a top prospect. Versatile defender also came on to face Arsenal.

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Wenger insists Arsenal can bounce back

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Not giving up: Wenger.

Arsene Wenger has tried to play down the significance of Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester United, which left the Gunners five points behind Premier League leaders Leicester.

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford built on his midweek brace against FC Midtylland with the first two goals as his side put a huge dent in the Gunners’ title aspirations.

Ander Herrera claimed United’s third in between Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil’s response for the Gunners, but the hosts were worthy winners.

Arsenal have just two wins from their last five league games and are falling off the pace behind the Foxes and North London rivals Spurs, who won 2-1 at Swansea to move three points above Arsenal.

But Wenger insists defeat at Old Trafford, a stadium they haven’t won at since 2006, is no disaster, despite the Red Devils own indifferent season.

When asked how bad the loss was in relation to other failures at Old Trafford, Wenger said: “I don’t know. Let’s not go overboard. They had still a few millions on the pitch from De Gea to the midfield. They spent a lot on Depay, he is not a player from the academy.”

Arsenal’s next Premier League game is against Swansea on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium before they take on Tottenham in what could be a season-defining derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Wenger added: “We dropped three important points but we have to show we are up for the fight and bounce back on Wednesday night. We have to not feel sorry for ourselves. Mathematically, what it means, we will only know at the end of the season.”

Van Gaal paid tribute to Rashford, admitting he had surprised him by producing an even better performance than that which swept aside the Danes in midweek.

Van Gaal said: “I could imagine what he did in the first game because he is a striker so he is coming into the situation to score goals.

“The first match is always good because he can do the things that he thinks he wants to do, but in the second match he has to do what the manager wants him to do and he did it fantastically.

“Normally the first matches a debutant plays are good, but it is the consistency – he has to show it in the third, fourth, fifth match. But what he showed in his second match is special.”

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