Manchester United's FA Cup hero Marcus Rashford is "here to stay", according to teammate Michael Carrick. The 18-year-old striker scored a stunning effort in the Red Devils' 2-1 win against West Ham United at Upton Park to secure a place in the FA Cup semi-finals, and Carrick has hailed the quality of the the academy graduate.
Rashford's strike was his sixth of the season, and follows other important goals against Arsenal and Manchester City. After the game, Carrick said Rashford has the necessary talent to enjoy a long and fruitful career with the Old Trafford outfit.
"It's incredible. It's 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," Carrick said to United's in-house TV channel MUTV.
"He's still got his feet on his 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 plan, in and out. I think he's here to stay and goals like that... we'll welcome more of them!"
United have not lifted the FA Cup since 2004 and Carrick – who has never won the trophy – revealed his determination to end that drought. "It's been a season of setbacks and then good results, it's so frustrating but we keep trying to get that consistency. We have a couple of good games and then a bad one sets us back," he said ahead of United's FA Cup semi-final against Everton.
"This is an opportunity for us now, it's a one-off game. We'll 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."