Manchester United fans were captivated by Marcus Rashford‘s incredible debut in their side’s 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland on Thursday night in the Europa League.
The 18-year-old demonstrated his goalscoring prowess to the football world by scoring twice – in front of the Stretford End – to propel his side into the ascendancy and establish himself in Man United folklore. Supporters were simply ecstatic at Rashford’s performance:
Rashford is the youngest player to score a goal in European competitions for Manchester United.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) February 25, 2016
Take a moment…
Imagine being Rashford right now?
I bet NOBODY on the Planet feels as good as that kid right now!
LVG had faith! ?#MUFC
— Billy Meredith (@UrmstonLordMUFC) February 25, 2016
A super debut brace for Manchester born & bred – Marcus Rashford! pic.twitter.com/4SPiQT79up
— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) February 25, 2016
Rashford only 18 years old, what a debut for him, 2 massive goals for us. Kept our season alive.
— Lee (@lee20495) February 25, 2016
Marcus Rashford's night:
19.00 – Named on the bench
19.45 – Replaces Martial in the XI
21.23 – Goal
21.35 – Goal pic.twitter.com/5mLQn3Xgmg
— Football Stats (@FootbaIlStats) February 25, 2016
In a misery fuelled season, this was a moment to make all those connected with United smile. Rashford, finally getting his chance in the first team, gave a powerful, confident first half performance as the home side scuppered numerous chances.
His second half display, however, is something fans will never forget. With United’s future in Europe looking precarious, Rashford – just 18 years of age – absorbed the burgeoning pressure and led the line with a kind of goalscoring instinct that reminded you of the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
He took his two goals expertly, showing a poaching instinct that has so far eluded United for much of the season. Whether he’ll get more chances in the first team this season remains to be seen. But going on tonight’s display, leaving him out would criminal.