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 By PA Sport

Manchester United's Michael Carrick hails Marcus Rashford's dream debut

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said Marcus Rashford's dramatic senior debut on Thursday made him think back fondly to his own first appearance.

Rashford, 18, was drafted into the United starting line-up against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford as a late replacement for the injured Anthony Martial.

And he responded by scoring twice as United won 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate to set up a round-of-16 meeting with Liverpool.

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Carrick, now 34, got his introduction to senior football as a teenager with West Ham in 1999, and Rashford's debut put the stand-in skipper in a nostalgic mood.

"It's great. You can't put a price on that for the younger lads, especially Marcus. It's incredible and brings back memories for me, when I made my debut," Carrick told MUTV.

"It's what football's all about, and what this club has been about for so long.

"For a local lad to do that and come through the system like that, I'm delighted for him."

Rashford produced composed finishes in the 64th and 75th minutes as United recovered from a 3-1 aggregate deficit to progress.

Memphis Depay wrapped things up towards the end, and Carrick added of the 22-year-old: "That's the standard Memphis has set now.

"We know the ability he's got, and we're really pleased for him. He's been training well and he's had his ups and his downs. Hopefully this can kick-start him and give him a lot of confidence.

"I thought he was terrific all night and showed what he's capable of, so now it's up to him to do that consistently and I'm sure he can do that."

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