Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford both joined the academy when they were just seven-years-old, and on Saturday could both feature for Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Lingard says the dream when he was younger was just getting in to the first team, so is amazed he now gets to go to Wembley.

It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. Growing up in the Academy and hoping and dreaming you can, one day, play for the first team week in, week out which I’m doing now; no-one can take that away from me. You start off small and then work your way up to the big things. I’ve just got to carry on and keep working hard. Wembley is the icing on the cake. If we get a win there, we know we’ll be in the final and that’s our aim.

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