Manchester United veteran Michael Carrick was impressed by their youngsters for victory over Europa League opponents Midtjylland.
Marcus Rashford, 18, scored twice on his senior Reds debut in Thursday’s 5-1 victory at Old Trafford, while Memphis Depay capped a stunning Man-of-the-Match display with the final goal late on.
United manager Louis van Gaal praised Morgan Schneiderlin in his post-match press conference and Carrick, who filled in at centre-back to help cover a host of injuries in the squad, also singled out Guillermo Varela and Joe Riley.
“Individually there were an awful lot of good performances,” Carrick told MUTV.
“It was probably not our first-choice back four so for the lads to come into that situation and play that well was great.
“It was Joe’s first start and he was terrific – he didn’t look out of place at all and did really well.”
“Guillermo has played a few more games but he was the same and Marcus and Memphis were terrific for us too, so I’m delighted with the way the night went.”
It was a dream introduction to first-team football for Manchester-born product Rashford, who was thrust into the spotlight when Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up.
“It’s great,” Carrick continued.
“You can’t put a price on that for the younger lads, especially Marcus. It’s incredible and brings back memories for me, and when I made my debut.
“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.”