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Marcus Rashford overtakes George Best as Manchester United's youngest European goalscorer in FC Midtjylland Europa League win

By Simon Peach

Published 25/02/2016

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (39) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard pleads with Hungarian referee Istvan Vad after being shown a yellow card during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard pleads with Hungarian referee Istvan Vad after being shown a yellow card during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and FC Midtjylland's Kristoffer Olsson exchange words during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (right) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammates during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United reacts after shown a yellow card by referee Istvan Vad during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford (2nd R) of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Players try to separate Marco Urena (1st R) of FC Midtjylland and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United (not pictured) during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (2R) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (2R) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United falls in the penalty area during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen dives as he attempts to save a shot on goal that hit the post during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (R) shoots to score his team;s first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goalduring the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ander Herrera of Manchester United lies injured during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Daley Blind (17) stands dejected after FC Midtjyland's Pione Sisto scores his team's opening goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Mikkel Andersen reacts as Manchester United's Juan Mata (second right), Jesse Lingard (right) and Marcus Rashford (second left) celebrate after Nikolay Bodurov (not in picture) scores an own-goal to level the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen dives as he attempts to save a shot on goal that hit the post during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero (C) watches as a shot from FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (not pictured), goes on to score the team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (L) vies with FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen (L) watches as FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov (R) clears the ball from the path of Manchester United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Memphis Depay of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure of Andre Romer of FC Midtjylland during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Jakob Poulsen (L) vies with Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ander Herrera of Manchester United and Jakob Poulsen of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov (C) celebrates after FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (not pictured) scored his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (C) vies with FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Andre Romer (L) and FC Midtjylland's Nigerian midfielder Rilwan Hassan during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Andre Romer (L) vies with Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu (L) vies with Manchester United's English defender Joe Riley during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Tim Sparv of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Tim Sparv of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal watches during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Louis van Gaal Manager of Manchester United is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Manchester United players line up for the team photos prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Players walk into the pitch prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Finnish midfielder Tim Sparv (L) challenges Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Finnish midfielder Tim Sparv (L) challenges Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (R) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's team poses for a group photograph before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (centre) and Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs and assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg (left) in the dugout during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Filip Novak (left) and Manchester United's Ander Herrera battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera (C) heads the ball in an attempt on goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Embarrassing blunder: Louis van Gaal got his words mixed up as he attempted to urge his players to show desire and passion

Marcus Rashford was the unlikely hero in Manchester United's do-or-die clash with FC Midtjylland, marking an unexpected debut with a dream brace that saw Louis van Gaal's men through a tricky Europa League tie.

Rashford - at the age of 18 years and 117 days - overtook George Best as Manchester United's youngest ever goalscorer in Europe.

A terrible string of injuries has seen United forced to rely on youth products, although the 18-year-old striker was so far down the pecking order his name did not even appear on the back of the matchday programme.

Rashford is likely to be the cover star next time, though, having been thrust into the spotlight following Anthony Martial's warm-up injury and netting twice as United overcame a first-leg defeat and first-half Midtjylland goal to win 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.

It was a dream end to an evening that looked to be going horribly wrong when Pione Sisto all-too-easily carved open United's makeshift defence to put the Danish champions ahead at Old Trafford.

Nikolay Bodurov, on loan from Fulham, turned a Memphis Depay cross into his own goal shortly afterwards, but nerves grew as Morgan Schneiderlin hit the woodwork and then Juan Mata saw a penalty saved.

They need not have worried, though, as Rashford came to the rescue, turning home crosses from Mata and Guillermo Varela to put United in the driving seat.

Ander Herrera's penalty and a Depay strike either side of Andre Romer's red card added extra gloss to the scoreline as they progressed to the last 16.

The result eases the pressure on Van Gaal, who called for his team to be hungry and, rather amusingly, "horny" in the build-up to a match which ended a run of four games on the road.

Martial's warm-up blow took the number of injured first-team players to 13 and led to Rashford making his debut alongside 19-year-old Joe Riley, who made his first start in a defence that saw Michael Carrick drop back to partner Daley Blind.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (39) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard pleads with Hungarian referee Istvan Vad after being shown a yellow card during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard pleads with Hungarian referee Istvan Vad after being shown a yellow card during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard is challenged by FC Midtjylland's Danish defender Kian Hansen during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. Lingard was given a yellow card following the challenge. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and FC Midtjylland's Kristoffer Olsson exchange words during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (right) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammates during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United reacts after shown a yellow card by referee Istvan Vad during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford (2nd R) of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (R) shoots to score his team;s first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goalduring the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ander Herrera of Manchester United lies injured during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Daley Blind (17) stands dejected after FC Midtjyland's Pione Sisto scores his team's opening goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Mikkel Andersen reacts as Manchester United's Juan Mata (second right), Jesse Lingard (right) and Marcus Rashford (second left) celebrate after Nikolay Bodurov (not in picture) scores an own-goal to level the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen dives as he attempts to save a shot on goal that hit the post during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen dives as he attempts to save a shot on goal that hit the post during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero (C) watches as a shot from FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (not pictured), goes on to score the team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (L) vies with FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen (L) watches as FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov (R) clears the ball from the path of Manchester United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Memphis Depay of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure of Andre Romer of FC Midtjylland during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Jakob Poulsen (L) vies with Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ander Herrera of Manchester United and Jakob Poulsen of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Bulgarian defender Nikolay Bodurov (C) celebrates after FC Midtjylland's Ugandan forward Pione Sisto (not pictured) scored his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (C) vies with FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Andre Romer (L) and FC Midtjylland's Nigerian midfielder Rilwan Hassan during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Danish midfielder Andre Romer (L) vies with Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu (L) vies with Manchester United's English defender Joe Riley during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Tim Sparv of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Tim Sparv of FC Midtjylland compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Players try to separate Marco Urena (1st R) of FC Midtjylland and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United (not pictured) during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Louis van Gaal Manager of Manchester United is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Manchester United players line up for the team photos prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Players walk into the pitch prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FC Midtjylland's Finnish midfielder Tim Sparv (L) challenges Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
FC Midtjylland's Finnish midfielder Tim Sparv (L) challenges Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (R) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's team poses for a group photograph before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (centre) and Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs and assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg (left) in the dugout during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
FC Midtjylland's Filip Novak (left) and Manchester United's Ander Herrera battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera (C) heads the ball in an attempt on goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal watches during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (2R) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford (2R) celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United falls in the penalty area during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on February 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The makeshift backline was not tested early on as the hosts pressed, albeit without seriously threatening until a Rashford snapshot forced goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen to tip around the post.

Midtjylland's organised defence was frustrating the hosts, who were caught by a 28th-minute sucker punch

Sisto capitalised on the home side's hastily-assembled backline during a rare voyage forwards, turning Blind with ease and skipping past Carrick before firing a low, right-footed strike past Sergio Romero.

It was a strike against the run of play and a setback United responded to with defiance.

Depay had been a nuisance from the outset and finally punished the visitors, sending in a fizzing cross that Bodurov turned past his own goalkeeper.

Schneiderlin went close with an overhead kick and hit the woodwork in-between a long-range Depay strike as resurgent United looked to take the lead - something they appeared set to do when Herrera was taken down by Romer.

Referee Istvan Vad pointed to the spot and Mata stepped up, only for Andersen saving the penalty down to his right.

It was a missed opportunity United looked determined to atone for after half-time, with Schneiderlin and Herrera, in particular, wasting good chances.

The hosts launched attack after attack and the breakthrough eventually arrived in the 64th minute. Mata impressively cut back at the far post and Rashford capitalised, slotting home and wheeling off in celebration.

United fans expected to have another chance of a penalty shortly afterwards as Jesse Lingard went down, only for the winger to receive a booking for supposedly taking a tumble.

However, they were not to be frustrated for long as Rashford's dream night continued, turning home after Varela clipped in a ball from the right.

It was a blow Midtjylland were unable to recover from and matters got worse in the dying stages, with Herrera turning home from the spot after Kian Hansen handled a Depay shot.

Romer was then sent off for a second yellow card, before Depay took aim from the edge of the box to make it five.

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