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Rochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goal

Rochdale teen Luke Matheson is staying grounded after scoring in their Carabao Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.

Matheson, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams' League Cup third round tie.

"I don't think you actually can in words," he said. "But it's a special, special night for me, the players, the coaching staff, the fans. I don't think I can sum it up in words, the feeling, the celebration in the dressing room after was surreal. Something I've never experienced before and I don't think I'll ever experience again.

"I'm going in tomorrow (to school) to make up for it when we've got a day off. Got a psychology exam, so can't wait for that!

"It's gonna be nice, everyone coming up to me [at school] and saying, 'ah, you scored against United'. Most of my best mates are United fans, I've not turned my phone on yet, I'm kind of dreading it! I don't know what tomorrow will be like, I think I'm going go in a little bit later so I can get some rest.

"My education is something I'm very fond of I and I love it. And Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me with all that, so I love learning.

"It's what I want to do, because football's not a guarantee, you never know what could happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything's possible and it's best to have that back up plan just in case."

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