Marcus Rashford and Dean Henderson have been reflecting on their time together at Manchester United.
United fans take great pride in academy graduates making the first team and becoming stars.
Exactly like Rashford has done.
Tomorrow will mark the 5th anniversary of Rashford’s goalscoring debut and Dean Henderson was in the crowd celebrating.
Rashford was drafted into Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up for a Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland in 2016 after Anthony Martial sustained an injury in the warm-up.
Who was this kid getting a run? Well, everybody knew his name after that night because he scored two goals in 12 minutes in the second-half.
Rashford recently sat down with Henderson to do an exclusive interview with Manchester United.
“You were in the crowd,” Rashford says to Henderson. “The Academy get particular seats and they’d just moved you. They used to be high up, the tickets, but not long after I started training with the first team the seats moved to the Family Stand.
“I just knew that there were people there and as I was running I just saw you and you grabbed me! [Laughs] Great memories. That’s probably the bit I remember the most. I remember the goals and stuff and how they happened, but other than that I don’t really remember the game itself. I just remember certain moments.”
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Henderson added: “Growing up with you for the last few years and seeing you come onto the pitch was just great.
“I had a huge amount of pride seeing you on there and when the ball fell to you and you hit it, I was buzzing. And for the second goal you ran straight to the same place; it was fantastic. We spoke about it the next day and I was still buzzing and I wanted to know what it was like to play out there.”
Henderson still has some way to go before he is seen as first choice goalkeeper at United.
Of course, there are no guarantees he will ever replace David de Gea.
The Spaniard has struggled at times in the past 2-3 years but still holds his place between the sticks.
After fighting off competition from Sergio Romero, will De Gea have the time to do the same with Henderson? I think that will be a difficult task.