Memphis Depay's trick pass against FC Midtjylland was seriously impressive

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While it will be Marcus Rashford who grabs all the headlines in the morning, Memphis Depay was the secret star of the show as Manchester United made it through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

For a long time it looked as though a shock was on the cards as FC Midtjylland grabbed a surprise opener to make it 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate, but an own goal, followed by two Rashford strikes and late goals from Ander Herrera and Depay himself made it 6-3 overall by the full-time whistle.

Even with Juan Mata missing a penalty in the first half, Louis van Gaal's side were able to run out comfortable winners and keep their chances of reaching the Champions League via the back door alive.

For all the drama of the night, there was one moment in particular that caught the eye from Depay. The Dutch winger was on the left wing when he unveiled a trick so impressive we're not even sure what it's called.

The 22-year-old rolled his foot over the ball then flicked it through his marker's legs in order to pass the ball to Mata, who was standing nearby. It's genuinely pretty damn impressive. Check it out in the video below.

After the full-time whistle, Van Gaal was full of praise for his countryman after a difficult season which has seen the winger struggle to adapt to the demands of English football.

Turning point

He said: "I am very happy for him. Maybe it will be a turning point for him."

Rashford, who was making his debut for the club, was only playing because of an injury to French winger Anthony Martial. The former Monaco man pulled up before kick-off, and Van Gaal confirmed that the 22-year-old's injury wasn't too serious.

"I don't think it is very heavy but he was wise to step out," he explained.

Next up for the Red Devils is a tricky Premier League tie against title-chasing Arsenal in what could be a crucial game in terms of the top four race. Van Gaal's side are six points adrift of the top four with 12 games to go, and defeat against the Gunners would all but spell the end of their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the Premier League.

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