Marcus Rashford turns 20 on Tuesday and can certainly reflect with fondness on the teenage years he is now leaving behind.
The Manchester United and England striker’s meteoric rise over the last 18 months has been quite astonishing and the excitement for Rashford is that his best years lie ahead and the potential is limitless.
It’s easy to forget now that Rashford only burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in February last year, when he seized his chance by scoring two debut goals against Midtjylland to spare United humiliation in the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrates his 20th birthday on Tuesday
It was back in February last year that Rashford announced himself against Midtjylland
Rashford only played that night because Anthony Martial limped out of the warm-up and there were no other fit strikers for Louis van Gaal to call upon.
He hasn’t looked back, scoring twice on his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later. Rashford has since scored on his debuts in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League, and within three minutes of his first England start.
There has been plenty of success for such a young player as well – Rashford has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League with United, the perfect start to what looks certain to be a glittering career.
Rashford celebrates with Romelu Lukaku after United scored against West Ham in August
The striker helped United win the UEFA Europa League by beating Ajax back in May
His first season in the senior United side ended in FA Cup success against Crystal Palace
Rashford has scored some crucial goals, including this winner at Manchester City in 2016
PL goals as teenager
40 – Michael Owen
35 – Robbie Fowler
30 – Wayne Rooney
19 – Nicolas Anelka
17 – Alan Smith, Francis Jeffers
14 – Chris Bart-Williams, Romelu Lukaku, Raheem Sterling
13 – Marcus Rashford, Emile Heskey
12 – Ryan Giggs, Robbie Keane
11 – Jermain Defoe
10 – Kevin Gallen, Nick Barmby, Kelechi Iheanacho
Stats courtesy of Opta
He has scored 26 goals in 87 appearances for his club and two goals in 13 caps for England and has been in especially good form at the start of the current campaign.
But Rashford comes in only joint-10th on the list of teenage goalscorers in the Premier League. His tally of 13 league goals put him on a par with Emile Heskey, though one ahead of Ryan Giggs.
It’s Liverpool players who shine in this list, with Michael Owen scoring 40 goals as a teenager and Robbie Fowler netting 35 times in Premier League matches.
Rashford’s Old Trafford team-mate until this summer, Wayne Rooney, scored 30 league goals as teen for Everton and United, while Nicolas Anelka managed 19 goals for Arsenal before hitting 20.
Current United player Romelu Lukaku scored 14 times during his teenage years for West Brom and Everton, while Alan Smith, Francis Jeffers, Chris Bart-Williams and Raheem Sterling also make up the top 10.
Rashford will have a great chance to mark his 20th birthday in style when United play Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Rashford celebrates scoring during his United debut against Danish side Midtjylland
The forward has become an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford
Rashford required just three minutes to score on his England debut against Australia in 2016
He scored his second international goal in England win over Slovakia last month