Marcus Rashford's stunning start to life at Manchester United threatens to trump Leicester City as the feel good story of the Premier League.
The local boy, 18, has stepped into the vacant shoes up front at Old Trafford and scored four goals in his opening two starts.
It is fantastic to see a young English player stepping up to the plate and delivering, but one former Premier League midfielder, Rohan Ricketts, has pointed out a valid 'annoyance' about Rashford's sudden success... that he was not given the opportunity sooner.
Im proud of M Rashford but it pisses me off that he is not there by design it's by injuries. I've always said there's talent in the ranks.— Rohan Ricketts (@RohanRicketts) February 28, 2016
Ricketts, who played for Tottenham and Arsenal, raises a good point, because had it not been for Anthony Martial's injury in the warm-up for Manchester United in the Europa League last week, then Rashford would have been lucky to get off the bench in that game, and would surely not have been handed a start against the Gunners.
United have handed eight debuts to young players this season amid a growing injury crisis, and Louis van Gaal's squad building has attracted criticism from pundits.
He evidently did not put together a squad big or good enough to fight for the title, but if his intent was always to rely on young players in case of emergency, rather than carry a bloated squad with expensive players sitting in reserve and being loaned out, then his plan has come to fruition. It may cost him his job, but the Dutchman may be leaving an intriguing legacy.