Marcus Rashford was the hero for Manchester United netting a brace as they squeezed past Danish side FC Midtjylland by 6-3 on aggregate in the Europa Cup round of 32 match played at Old Trafford.
Rashford got his chance for Manchester United debut as star forward Anthony Martial pulled off injured in the warm up just like David de Gea did in the first leg in Denmark.
Midtjylland were full of confidence after beating the Red Devils 2-1 in Denmark and it showed in their play but it was United that had the first clear chance of the game as Rashford forced Mikkel Andersen to a smart save.
The home side almost scored a freak goal as Juan Mata and Rashford link up well on the edge of the box. The ball ricochets to Novak, but his attempted clearance strikes Lingard and bounces into the side-netting.
However, it was the away side that took the lead when Ugandan forward Pione Sisto collected the ball on the edge of the box and keeps his composure to dance past Michael Carrick and Daley Blind before rather scuffing an effort into the bottom corner. He also scored the first goal in the reserve fixture.
The lead lasted just four minutes as the Red Devils forced an own goal via Nikolay Bodurov who turned in Memphis Depay’s cross-shot past his goalkeeper.
Manchester United had the opportunity to go 2-1 up in the first half as Ander Herrera was fouled in the penalty box but Juan Mata’s effort from six yards was served by the very impressive Anderson as the half ended 1-1.
Louis van Gaal’s men came out fighting in the second half and duly took the lead. It was a poor defending from the visitors down their right as they failed to clear the ball allowing Mata to squeeze it back into the middle and Rashford was the most alert to the situation and fires the ball home from inside the area for a dream goal on a European night for Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford firmly took limelight as he scored a second and United’s third on the night. The youngster applied a simple finish to Guillermo Varela’s perfect cross to make it 3-1.
Nigerian Paul Onuachu who was the match winner in the first leg came close to giving the away side a vital second goal but his header went off target as Sergio Romero watched. Marcos Rojo made a long awaited return from injury as he replaced another debutant Joe Riley as he helped shored up the defensive.
United did not stay back as they made it safe with a fourth goal through Spanish international Ander Herrera while Man-of-the-Match Memphis Depay glides the ball past Anderson in goal to end it 6-3 on aggregate.