This week four years ago launched a career changing moment for Marcus Rashford.

Back in 2016, the young striker then 18 was handed a surprise debut in the Europa League at Old Trafford against FC Midtjylland.

It’s a game Rashford will never forget as he scored twice in a 5-1 victory.

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Rashford looked back on his famous moment this week as it passed a four-year anniversary.


FC Midtjylland captain Tim Sparv took note of the forward’s message and joked he was sick and tired of seeing Rashford rub in his special moment which came at their expense.

Full of admiration

Sparv is a United supporter and gave an interview to the club’s website a year ago about his memories of Rashford.

He said that he and his teammates were not aware of Rashford heading into the match and fancied their chances of going through amid the club’s injury problems.

After the defeat Sparv stayed in Manchester to watch Rashford score twice against Arsenal days later.

He said: “Football’s unpredictability is what makes it so great to watch. Nobody could have anticipated that. I had a smile on my face when I watched the Arsenal game. I just couldn’t believe that this kid could go from nothing to scoring in the Premier League so fast.”

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Four years on, another young striker has an opportunity to follow in Rashford’s footsteps.

Rashford is out injured and Mason Greenwood is hoping for an opportunity in the knockout tie with Club Brugge tonight.

Greenwood already has four goals in the Europa League so far this season, and if he starts his first knockout game tonight, he has a great chance of adding to that tally.

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