Rochdale's 16-year-old Luke Matheson picked up excellent GCSEs before scoring vs Manchester United

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Rochdale’s Luke Matheson will be on cloud nine today.

The 16-year-old did what any normal teenager could only dream of - scoring a goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

His team may have lost in the end, but they put up a hell of a fight and took the Premier League side all the way to penalties, eventually falling 5-3. 

After netting in front of 58,000 fans on Wednesday night, Matheson will feel he has the world at his feet - and it seems he's not just destined for a bright future on the football pitch.

Just last month, the teen picked up his GCSE results at Trinity C of E High School in Manchester.

He finished school with a grade 8 in P.E and a 9 in history - the highest level under the new grading system - they are equivalent to A* grades.

He also got 8s in Chemistry, Physics and R.E, 7s in English Language, Maths and Biology, a 6 in Spanish and a 5 in English literature.

Not bad at all. It seems Matheson is rather modest too because he's put all that success down to hard work and the support of others. 

Matheson collected his GCSE results last month

"I just try hard and do my best in everything," he told the Manchester Evening News.

“Everyone at Rochdale, all my teachers and my parents have been so supportive. It’s not just me who’s done it. Thanks to all the people around me."

According to reports, Manchester United and Liverpool are scouting Rochdale's prodigy, but despite that interest, Matheson will be continuing his A-Level education alongside playing football.

Matheson celebrates his goal vs Man United

"I have made a lot of sacrifices. I’ve stayed at home instead of going out with friends so I can do some extra training," he continued.

“It’s been 100% worth it and Rochdale have been amazing. Without Rochdale, I would be nothing. I’ve got them to thank for everything.

“This next year I’ll just keep playing football and moving in the right direction. I still want to get my A levels just in case. 

It was a night Matheson will never forget

"Yes I have done well for someone so young but you should always have a backup plan."

It sounds like Matheson really has his head screwed on and for a young footballer, that can only be a good thing. 

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