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Dean Henderson Was In The Crowd When Marcus Rashford Scored His First Ever Manchester United Goal

Jack Kenmare

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Dean Henderson Was In The Crowd When Marcus Rashford Scored His First Ever Manchester United Goal

On the 25th February 2016, a relatively unknown teenager introduced himself to world football with two goals in the Europa League. Marcus Rashford's name suddenly rolled off the tongue like we had been uttering his name for years.

On that special night in Manchester, a star was born.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The youngster had not only scored his first goal for the club he grew up supporting but at 18 years and 120 days, Rashford had officially become the youngest ever player to score for Manchester United in European competition.

A packed out Old Trafford celebrated his efforts against Danish side FC Midtjylland that night as the fresh-faced teenager ran over to those in attendance to celebrate.

And looking back, there was a familiar face in the front-row.

As Rashford celebrated with the fans after making it 3-1 on the night, a delighted Dean Henderson can be seen embracing the striker as the likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Morgan Schneiderlin throw themselves at Old Trafford's new hero.

Henderson, who is the same age as Rashford, was just one year into his United career after joining from League Two side Carlisle.

Four years on and the Cumbrian shot-stopper will make his first European start alongside that man Rashford in the club's Champions League Group H clash against Istanbul Basaksehir.

In fact, it will be the first time that Henderson and Rashford have lined up together for Manchester United's senior team.


Henderson has found first-team appearances hard to come by since returning from his loan spell at Sheffield United, but he did pull off an outrageous save to keep spare United's blushes against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.

United ran out 3-0 winners in the end but with the scores at 1-0, Luton created chances and nearly netted an equaliser.

Tom Lockyer rose high and thought he'd managed to sneak his header in at the near post, before Henderson's cat-like reflexes saw him claw the ball away.

Nathan Jones' side rued their missed chance and Henderson looked delighted.

Henderson will be hoping to make a big impression against Istanbul this evening as United look to try and make it three wins out of three in Group H.

Topics: Football News, Football, Europa League, Manchester United, Dean Henderson, Old Trafford

Jack Kenmare
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