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Thursday 26 April 2018

Five Manchester United youngsters who have had first team chances this season

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford marked his senior debut with a brace on Thursday
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford marked his senior debut with a brace on Thursday

Marcus Rashford on Thursday became the latest young Manchester United player to make a first-team breakthrough this season - and did so in some style.

After being thrown into the team against FC Midtjylland as a late replacement for the injured Anthony Martial, the 18-year-old forward enjoyed a dream senior debut that saw him score twice to help the Red Devils win 5-1 on the night, 6-3 on aggregate, and move into the Europa League last 16.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five United youngsters virtually unknown before this season who are currently getting a chance amid an injury crisis.

Marcus Rashford

Although he had originally been named as a substitute for Thursday's game, Rashford's status as an unknown was underlined by the fact he did not even feature on the back of the programme. Suddenly promoted to the first XI, he certainly made the most of his opportunity, with his composed brace of finishes capping what was a fine overall performance.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

The 19-year-old full-back, who sat out the match on Thursday due to an unspecified injury, has been earning plaudits this season for the displays he has produced since making his first-team debut in November. Has 12 senior appearances to his name so far.

Andreas Pereira

The 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder did make his senior bow last season in one of a couple appearances off the bench, but this term saw him get his maiden start - which he marked with a goal against Ipswich in the Capital One Cup - and Thursday's cameo as a late substitute means he has now featured a total of 13 times for the first team.

Donald Love

Having been on loan at Wigan earlier this season, the 21-year-old defender made his senior United debut two weeks ago when he came on as a first-half replacement for the injured Matteo Darmian, and then played the full duration of leg one against Midtjylland. Was subsequently cup-tied for Monday's 3-0 FA Cup win at Shrewsbury, and then an unused substitute on Thursday.

Joe Riley

The versatile 19-year-old was handed his first start on Thursday, playing 79 minutes at left-back and delivering some decent crosses. That was three days on from him getting a first-team debut when he came on at half time at Shrewsbury.

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