Teenage Rashford to United’s rescue in Europa League

United teenager, Marcus Rashford, an 18-year-old Old Trafford local academy graduate, only found out he was starting a few minutes before kickoff after Anthony Martial hurt his right hamstring in the warmup.

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Photo: United’s Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland in Manchester, England, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 . (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The teenage Rashford came to Manchester United’s rescue in the Europa League matchup at Old Trafford on Thursday night as United thrashed the 17 year-old Danish club 5-1.

Rashford came to United’s rescue against Midtjylland and took a 27th-minute lead at Old Trafford.

United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland in Manchester, England, Thur, Feb. 25, 2016 . AP Photo:Jon Super

Photo: United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland in Manchester, England, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 . (AP Photo/Jon Super)

After United equalized via an own goal, Rashford scored in the 63rd and 75th minute to put Man United ahead on aggregate. Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay added late goals against the little-known Danish club formed in 1999, 17 tears ago.

United began with a second-choice goalkeeper, two midfielders as center-backs, a 19-year-old full back making his full debut and then Rashford — who hadn’t even started a game for United’s under-21s this season — up front.

United’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland in Manchester, England, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 . (AP Photo:Jon Super)

Photo: United’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland in Manchester, England, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 . (AP Photo/Jon Super)

But young Rashford was on hand in the 75th minute to slot in a close-range finish from Guillermo Varela’s cross to complete a fairytale debut.

Memphis and Rashford were excellent

Photo: Memphis and Rashford were excellent

Herrera did it from the penalty spot and Depay did it with a wonderful solo goal, to finish the Danish team off. Andre Romer was sent off for Midtjylland with the score at 4-1.

Winning the Europa League could represent United’s best chance of reclaiming a place in the Champions League for next season.

Can United do just that?

May be . . .

Up Man U!

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