Manchester United fans laud Rashford and Fosu-Mensah as the club's future after FA Cup win

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The Red Devils beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park on Wednesday night to book a semi-final spot.

Manchester United might have finally found a shining light in an otherwise underwhelming season in the form of their FA Cup campaign, as Louis van Gaal's side booked a semi-final clash against Everton at Wembley next month with a 2-1 win over West Ham United in the quarter-final replay at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

Coming into the match, many pundits had the Hammers down as favourites after United were taken apart by Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-0 defeat on Sunday.

However, after a nip-and-tuck first half lacking a moment of serious quality to light the fuse, that spark arrived nine minutes into the second half when Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in style, collecting the ball in the penalty area before shimmying past his man and curling into the far corner.

United doubled their lead 13 minutes later thanks to the knee of much-maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who had looked in fine form from the first whistle, and though James Tomkins headed one back late on, it was the visitors who booked their spot at Wembley.

Rashford, who was impressive throughout, took his tally for the season to six goals from 11 appearances since making his senior debut at the end of February.

Meanwhile, fellow 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah put in another sterling performance in a defensive role, showing why Van Gaal has placed such trust in him in recent weeks.

After the match, the teenage pair came in for particular praise from United fans on Twitter who were quick to hail the pair as the brightest stars of the club's future.

The quality and maturity of Rashford's play also led to more England fans than ever calling for the youngster to be taken to Euro 2016, even if only as a wildcard akin to Theo Walcott's inclusion for the 2006 World Cup.

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