Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has hailed Marcus Rashford as “fantastic” after the 18-year-old scored two goals on his first-team debut in a 5-1 Europa League win against FC Midtjylland.
After Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, Rashford was called upon to make his Manchester United debut, and it got off to a bad start as Pione Sisto put the away side ahead.
United soon replied through an own-goal, but Juan Mata missed a penalty before half time as the sides went into the break level.
Then Rashford scored two goals in quick succession to become the unlikely hero for Louis Van Gaal, sending his team into the last 16 of the Europa League.
Ander Herrera and Memphis then added two late goals to seal the win, in a display Van Gaal described as a “great performance” by his side.
Speaking after the match, the Dutchman said: “It was a great performance. The fans will have enjoyed our attacking football.
“Midjtylland had only crossed the halfway line once and they scored. Normally you get a decline in confidence, but we continued our game.
“We missed a penalty, it was unbelievable but we kept going. I must give compliments to my players.”
After a match-winning display from youngster Rashford, Van Gaal suggested that his half-time advice to Rashford spurred him on to put United in the lead.
“In the first half he ran too much at the sidelines,” said Van Gaal. “I said to him at half-time to be in the width of the goal and you shall score. Then he scored two goals – it is fantastic for him.”