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Marcus Rashford was thrust into the senior spotlight in February 2016 – with spectacular results – and he has not looked back since.

A man with the happy knack of scoring on his debut, he was initially handed a first-team baptism in the Europa League against Midtjylland and duly scored twice, a feat he remarkably repeated three days later on his league bow against Arsenal. He quickly became a regular, starting 18 of the 2015/16 season's final 19 games and scoring eight goals along the way, including a famous winner at Manchester City and a crucial FA Cup goal at West Ham. Finishing the season as an FA Cup winner – and with a place in England's Euro 2016 squad to boot – capped an incredible breakthrough for Rashford. Remarkably, he had only enjoyed a brief spell with the Reserves, scoring once, at Leicester City, even if his form for the Under-18s and particularly in the UEFA Youth League had been more spectacular. Rashford also scored on his England bow, after just two minutes of the 2-1 friendly win over Australia at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, becoming the youngest man to score on his England debut, beating Tommy Lawton's 1938 feat. The 18-year-old striker subsequently became the Three Lions' youngest player at a European Championship when he came on in the 2-1 win over Wales on 16 June 2016; the record had been held by Wayne Rooney since Euro 2004. In May 2016, Rashford signed a new contract to keep him at United until at least June 2020 with an option to extend for a further year, and English football’s most exciting young talent further enhanced his reputation in the 2016/17 season. It wasn’t so much his 11 goals that caught the eye, though; rather the amount of matches he was involved in – 53 in all competitions, more than anyone else in red. Once again he proved to be Mourinho’s go-to man in the 2017/18 campaign, reaching the turn of the year as the only player to have taken part in all 31 of United’s matches across all competitions from August to December, a remarkable level of trust shown in one so young. In the new year, Rashford proved he could be called upon on the big occasions with a dazzling first half display against Liverpool, where the youngster bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory for the Reds.

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    v Midtjylland (H)

I have always been a United fan, so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true.


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Marcus Rashford says

“For me that was the start of everything. The fans really helped me that night. Whatever you think about before the game and how you imagine they'll be, it's completely different. That's the biggest thing I remember. They were amazing.”

Tim Sparv on Marcus Rashford says

“I was very surprised to see him do it again against Arsenal, but it’s a Cinderella story. Football's unpredictability is what makes it so great to watch. Nobody could have anticipated that. I had a smile on my face when I watched the Arsenal game."

Tim Sparv on Marcus Rashford says

“Martial is one of United's most dangerous players and it should have been an upside for us that he was missing, but little did we know that they had a secret gem in Rashford. I don’t remember us being briefed about him."

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