Five facts about Manchester United’s two-goal reserve star Joe Rothwell

Yet another young Manchester United player has put in a performance that hints at better things to come.

Manchester United have a lot of promising young players on their books, with many of those staking valid claims for a sustained spell in the first-team having been given chances by manager Louis van Gaal.

Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson have all impressed this season while Tom Thorpe and Andreas Pereira have both been given chances. But now another young United player has hit the headlines following his two-goal performance for the reserves in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Joe Rothwell netted twice in a 5-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday, as part of a team that also included first-team regulars Ander Herrera, Adnan Januzaj and Jonny Evans. So for those fans eager to know more about the player here are five facts to get you started:

1) Rothwell was born in Manchester in 1995 and first joined up with United when he was just six years old.

2) The player can operate as a central midfielder or as more of an attacking midfielder, and his eye for goal was perfectly demonstrated by his outstanding team-assisted second strike against Blackburn earlier this week.

3) Rothwell has made 22 appearances for United’s under-21 side and has also featured six times in the UEFA Youth League.

4) Although he made the headlines for his goal-scoring exploits the United youngster is more usually found setting up goals for his teammates and he averages an assist once every 3.6 under-21 matches.

5) The 19-year-old has represented England at every level from under-16 to under-20 and he currently has three caps for the latter category after making his debut in October.

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