Manchester United fans have a new favourite player and his name is Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United didn't half make hard work of their Europa League last-32 tie against Danish outfit FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford this evening.

The Red Devils are in the midst of a lacklustre campaign, and things looked like taking a serious turn for the worse when they fell behind 3-1 on aggregate, following on from their shock defeat in Europe last week.

Pione Sisto silenced the home crowd midway through the first half to put Louis van Gaal's side in serious danger of an embarrassing exit from the competition.

A Midtjylland own goal levelled it up on the night and left Manchester United needing at least one goal to take the game to extra time - and it looked as though Juan Mata would be the man for the job after referee Istvan Vad awarded the home side a penalty.

However, the Spaniard saw his spot-kick saved, much to the dismay of the Old Trafford crowd, and despite battering the visitors goal Van Gaal's side couldn't get the breakthrough. In a team of well-paid superstars, it was up to a youngster to step up and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Manchester United, you have your new favourite player and his name is Marcus Rashford.

The 18-year-old lashed home from Mata's cross just after the hour mark to rapturous applause, before he sent his side clear with 25 minutes left on the clock - all on his debut.

The goal was made by another young player, Guillermo Varela, who crossed from the right for Rashford to slot home.

New hero

Undoubtedly the young Manchester United forward is a star in the making, and he'll receive all the plaudits in the papers tomorrow. The club's fans weren't willing to wait until tomorrow to crown their new favourite player, and took to Twitter to express their feelings.

To put the icing on the cake, the home side won another penalty late on and a Spanish midfielder duly slotted it home - no, not Mata, but Ander Herrera - and Memphis Depay scored his side's fifth as extra time began.

While it may have been hard work, United are now in the last 16 of the Europa League, and with a Champions League spot awarded to the winners, it could now become a realistic target to salvage a difficult season.

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