Photo: Ander Herrera thanks Man United youngsters after 5-1 victory over Midtjylland

Ander Herrera says he was delighted to see Man United's academy players step up in the Europa League

Ander Herrera heaped praise on Manchester United’s academy players after Thursday night’s 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland.

The visitors edged into an early 3-1 aggregate lead after Pione Sisto evaded Michael Carrick’s challenge to put the Danish champions ahead inside 10 minutes.

However, on-loan Fulham defender Nikolay Bodurov deflected a Memphis Depay cross into his own goal to restore parity before Juan Mata failed to convert from the penalty spot.

However, United teenager Marcus Rashford scored twice in 13 second-half minutes to hand Louis van Gaal’s side a commanding 3-1 lead at Old Trafford.

Herrera scored a late emphatic penalty and Memphis’s goal sealed their place in the Europa League last-16 draw.

The Spain midfielder posted a photo of his goal celebration on Twitter, whilst the former Athletic Bilbao man heaped praise on the club’s youngster after an impressive European win.

The Red Devils host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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