Paul Pogba has dubbed his Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford the ‘Prince of England’ on his 23rd birthday.
The England international celebrated his birthday on Saturday and has plenty to shout about.
It was just Wednesday where the forward came off the bench against RB Leipzig to net a hat-trick in a 5-0 result in the Champions League.
It follows his brilliant work off the pitch, leading a social movement to feed under-privileged children over half-term.
His charitable actions earned him an MBE while a petition to extend school meals into the October break got over 1 million signatures.
And Pogba took to social media to wish Rashford well, saying on Instagram on Saturday: “Happy Birthday Rashy the Prince of England.”
Juan Mata also sent his birthday message, tweeting: “Happy Birthday Wonder Kid! Keep going @MarcusRashford.”
Rashford will be hoping to celebrate further when Arsenal rock up at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Both sides are vying for a potential title challenge and a win could kickstart their seasons.
But ex-Gunners midfielder Paul Merson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should keep Rashford on the bench.
He wrote in the Daily Star: “When he [Rashford] starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.
“But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.
“He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton.
“He scored in the last minute against Newcastle. He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders.
“Maybe United should experiment with that.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.
But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.
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” Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.
“Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a supersub. He’s an England international.
“But I think he needs a rest and playing a few games off the bench might actually do him some good in the long run.”