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It's Time to Give Our Young Strikers a Proper Go

Lennon needs to look at Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal

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Yesterday, in what was a truly thrilling encounter, Manchester United, with a hastily gathered team of square pegs in round holes and kids who've got college this morning, beat a full strength title chasing Arsenal side 3-2.

In risk of getting called a United fan again here (fuck you, Jonny) but the team in red dominated the fixture, looking like a side from the years gone by rather than the never ending joke they've been this year. There was fight in that side, maybe they were just up for the occasion but regardless they ran themselves into the ground and showed Arsenal up for what they truly are: a bunch of spineless, bottling, complacent losers.

The undoubted star of the show was 18-year old striker Marcus Rashford who, after banging in a brace in the Europa League on Thursday, went and did the same thing again but this time against miles better opposition.

His first finish was an instinctive strike as he slammed the ball home when it landed to him in the box. His second, however, was far more impressive as he brilliantly headed in a lofted cross, getting both power and direction to beat Petr Cech.

An exciting start from a youngster who has come out of no where to set the Premier League alight.

He wasn't the only kid who helped the Manchester club totally humiliate the Southerners though, as Jesse Lingard, Guillermo Varela, and later Timothy Fosu-Mensah and James Weir all got in on the act. Not to mention the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Joe Riley, Donald Love, Paddy McNair who have all stepped in at one point or another to plug holes in United's injury ravaged side.

So why am I, a Bolton fan (Yes, a BOLTON fan), writing about Manchester United's defeat over Arsenal on this here Bolton Wanderers website?

Well, it's rather simple. Louis van Gaal, the utter mad man, through necessity, granted, but still, has shown a great deal of faith in his youngsters. He's not let age or years of experience be factors and thrown them into the deepest of ends and, or at least yesterday, they repaid that faith.

He gave a striker born in 1997 his Premier League debut against Arsenal and he scored two goals.

Age and experience aren't necessary and, as the saying goes, if they're good enough they're old enough.

On Saturday Neil Lennon started Emile Heskey upfront against Burnley. He left Kaiyne Woolery on the bench and the likes of Jamie Thomas and Alex Samidazeh are still yet to even see the bench.

I'm not saying that any of these three youngsters would save our season, but they might. In fact, the only thing we do know is that playing the mostly hopeless Heskey and Gary Madine certainly will not stop us from sliding into League One.

Lennon has shown faith before, Zach Clough, Josh Vela, the alienated Tom Walker and now Rob Holding have all been given regular playing time under him. Now he needs to start giving these young, pacey, skilful, hungry and, most importantly, clinical, strikers a chance too.

If Marcus Rashford can do it against Arsenal there's no reason why one of our three can't do it against Leeds United on Saturday.

It's time to take a chance and do something different, it probably won't make a bit of difference come May 7th - but it might.