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


Marcus Rashford in training during Tour 2017.
Michael Carrick says

"The great thing about Marcus is, whenever there's a stepping stone in front of him, he rises to it and his game jumps to the next level. I'm sure he'll continue to do that."

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for United.
Michael Carrick says

"There's a lot more to come from Marcus. He's still so young but with his experience of the game, over time, obviously he's going to be a real star."

Marcus Rashford surrounded by United fans during Tour 2017.

'Tour strengthens our connection with fans' Article

Marcus Rashford explains how going on tour allows the players to interact with supporters all over the world.

Marcus Rashford in training during Tour 2017.
Marcus Rashford says

"I think it’s a very important transition from the summer to the new season and that period in pre-season sets you up for the new season."

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring against Liverpool in front of the United fans in March 2017.
Marcus Rashford says

"We obviously get to see a lot of the fans in Manchester but, when you go away with the team, you get to understand their way of supporting United and the love they have for the club."

Marcus Rashford celebrates with his family

Rashford's role in World Cup history Article

Marcus Rashford found the net as England beat Colombia on penalties to reach the Russia 2018 quarter-finals.

Jesse Lingard in action for England.
World Cup Reds - Tuesday's matches

Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Phil Jones could feature for England in their last-16 clash with Colombia, in Moscow at 19:00 BST.

Marcos Rojo

United stars set for the last 16 Article

Eleven Reds have reached the knockout stages of Russia 2018. But when and where will they play?

Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young.
World Cup Reds - Thursday's match

Five United players could be involved when England (Jones, Young, Lingard & Rashford) meet Belgium (Fellaini) to decide who tops Group G, in Kaliningrad at 19:00 BST.

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