Carrick: Rashford here to stay

Michael Carrick insists Marcus Rashford is here to stay in the Manchester United first team after the youngster yet again showed his quality and maturity beyond his years in the Reds FA Cup replay triumph over West Ham United.

Rashford’s brilliant finish on the 54th minute was his sixth goal of the season and another vital strike alongside his dramatic efforts against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Speaking to MUTV, Carrick said “It’s incredible. It is so good to see young lads come in, do well and take their chance. Not in his wildest dreams could he have predicted the last two or three months that he’s had.”

“He’s still got his feet on the ground though. He keeps coming in, he doesn’t change, he works hard, he listens, he’s willing to learn and I think he’s got a great chance of staying at the top for a long time. I don’t think it’s a flash in the pan, I think he’s here to stay.”

Carrick also spoke of his personal delight at edging a step closer to FA Cup glory and a chance to complete his set of domestic medals.

“I am delighted, it means a lot. I’m desperate to go further in this competition. It was a long last ten minutes in the match, but we got there. We defended well enough and David De Gea helped us. We probably should have been comfortable really, the way the game went for us in the second half, but we will take that.”

“This is an opportunity for us now, it’s a one-off game. We will go down there and look forward to it but getting to Wembley is not the end. It’s a semi-final so we haven’t achieved anything yet.”