Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he was tempted to rest match-winner Marcus Rashford against Aston Villa.

Rashford nearly rested - LVG

Rashford nearly rested - LVG

Rashford grabbed the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute when he deftly flicked home Antonio Valencia's cross for his seventh strike in 12 games.

The youngster has been the brightest spot in a difficult season for United, and Van Gaal admitted he wanted to rest him but felt unable to because of the 18-year-old's sensational form.

Van Gaal was also encouraged by Wayne Rooney's display on his first start following two months out injured and revealed the striker was angry to be taken off in the 67th minute.

The United boss said of Rashford: "I wanted to change him. He is young and he has played the last how many matches but at the end I don't want to do that because I want to take profit also of his momentum. And he was very positive to play.

"But I thought I could take him off. It was the same with Wayne Rooney but he was angry because he wanted to play 90 minutes.

"But you could see he was losing balls in the second half that he was not in the first half. I think he was very good in the first half. I think the goal was also his goal.

"It's a good spirit when you want to play 90 minutes. I'm very positive about his first half."